Rev3 South Carolina Thoughts …
It’s been almost a week since I competed in the Rev3 South Carolina event. I ended up finishing the Olympic Distance Tri in under 3:30. I know that I could have done better if it had not been for the planters fasciitis that I have been battling for the past 6 weeks. The run, which was only 6.2 miles, took me over and hour, and it is a distance that I regularly run in 50 minutes. It doesn’t sounds like much, but add in the extra time that I spent in T2 stretching my foot prior to the run, and then add-on the 15+ minutes that it took me to run I could have / should have beat 3:15. Needless to say, I’ve set a mark, and now I have a mark to go after in my next event.
Overall I was pretty happy with my performance. I was really surprised with the swim, and I know that being able to wear a full wetsuit really helps out. But still, I needed to be able to swim the .9 miles, and I did. What this did give me confidence on is that I know that I will be able to complete a 1/2 iron distance swim since it is only .3 more miles. Granted, it was not a fast swim, but I was slow and steady.
I also know that I need to ride more hills. The bike ride was very tough since there were a lot of hills on the ride. I averaged 15.8 mph, and on a normal ride, I average right at 18. We are talking 2 mph difference because of the hills. I also know that I need to learn how to use my gears on the hills. I have a tendency to “muscle” my way through the hills using the big gear, and I see a lot of people spin using the smaller gear. So I know that I’m doing something wrong, but I just don’t know what it is … I just need to practice more on hills.
The run … well, I pretty much said it all at the beginning. I know that I can do better, but I need to heal.
Now to talk about the event … All I can say is AMAZING. It is a family event … They had a kids event on Saturday, and they also had plenty of stuff for the kids to do. So it was great to see that the event was great for families.
I am disappointed in one thing … and that is with me. My wife and kids have been going to the events with me this year, and have been supporting me a lot in what I have been doing. And in this event I could have had my wife and kids run the final 100 yards across the finish line with me … It’s the first event that I have participated in that they could have, and I didn’t get to have that opportunity. But I know that the next time that I participate in a Rev3 event that they will … And yes, I will be participating in more of these.
Anyway, I also want to say that the Pros that were at the event were great. They were all super friendly, and were great to talk to. I really enjoy that part about Triathlons and running (half and full marathons) … the Pros are fantastic. Of course, I’m sure that I’m not a threat to them, but they are great, and they are ALWAYS willing to answer some questions. With that being said, the Pros that I talked to at the event were: Chris “Big Sexy” McDonald, Kate Major, AJ Baucco, Andrew Starykowicz, Brandon Marsh, Lauren Goss, Malaika Homo, Magali Tisseyre, Tenille Hoogland, amd Kristen Lavarone. These people were all great, and I appreciate the time that they took out of their schedule to talk with me …