Rev3 Cedar Point - Full Rev - TriathlonFull Ironman

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Sandusky, Ohio
United States
65F / 18C
Total Time = 12h 11m 18s
Overall Rank = /
Age Group = 40-44
Age Group Rank = 0/
Pre-race routine:

Woke up at 2 and drank an Ensure. Went back to bed and got up at 4. Another Ensure, a bagel and a banana. Took my stuff transition. Back to the Hotel Breakers to wait for the start.
Event warmup:

Got in the water and splashed around for a few minutes
  • 1h 14m 59s
  • 4224 yards
  • 01m 47s / 100 yards

I was concerned about the swim because my practice swim Friday was a disaster. I did one lap in 38 minutes which was fine with me, but it really tired me out. The first 100 yards were shallow, so you walked at the start. Once I started swimming I felt great. The bouys were perfectly spread out and large, making sighting a piece of cake. I just got in a groove for both laps and enjoyed the swim. There was very little contact or opportunity for drafting. Much different in these respect from Lake Placid which I did in 2008. My stopwatch stopped at 13 minutes for some reason, so I never knew my swim time until the race was over. I was about 10 minutes faster than I thought
What would you do differently?:

Transition 1
  • 08m 15s

Ok transition
What would you do differently?:

  • 6h 32m 17s
  • 112 miles
  • 17.13 mile/hr

Biking is my weakness. I was on the bike for 8 hr 8 min in the rain at Lake Placid in 2008. I hate and dread getting on a bike at any time. This time the plan was to finish the damn thing in under 7 hrs. I found the course to be pretty easy. Flat, no hills. It was lonely however. There were long stretches where I saw nobody. I got in a groove, shut my mind off for most ofthe bike and just pedaled. It seemed like I was riding into the wind the entire time, but that may have been because of the spoke that I broke around mile 30 that caused my wheel to wobble and rub against the brake for the last 82 miles. I heard an ominous sound around the 30 mile mark. I can barely change a tire, so any mechanical issues are probably the end of the race for me. I figured the prudent course was just to pretend it never happened. Around the 80 mile mark a fellow racer told me that my back wheel was really wobbling. This is when I started freaking out - afraid that my wheel would explode somewhere in the final 30 miles. I began to feel better again once I got 5 miles from the finish - I was close enough to carry my bike in from there. Thankfully I finished. When I got off the bike at the finish and spun the tire, it only revolved 3/4 of the way before stopping on the brake.
What would you do differently?:

Not brake a spoke
Transition 2
  • 09m 49s
  • 4h 05m 58s
  • 26.2 miles
  • 09m 23s  min/mile

I felt good getting off the bike. All the bricks from training really paid off, because my legs felt really fresh. My unrealistic goal for the run was under 4 hrs. My secondary goal was to beat the 4 hr 10 min my brother ran in his latest stand alone marathon. I started out fast - on pace for about a 3 hr 48 marathon at the half way mark. Once I hit 13.1 I decided to allow myself to walk the aid stations. This is really where the race gets away from you if you let it, and it did for me. I walked the aid stations through mile 20, and it seemed to make me feel better, but then the wheels fell off. With 5 miles to go I could have still run a sub 4 with 10 min miles, but my brain wouldn't allow my legs to move that fast. The brain kept saying "run 6 telephone poles and walk the 7th", and that is what I did to the finish.
What would you do differently?:

Know the course a little better I guess. I thought the run was poorly marked and I went of course about 5 times. I actually ran about 26.6 miles, making this my first ultra
Post race
Warm down:

walked around a little

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Nothing really. I may have been able to go 15 min faster on the bike without a broken spoke

Event comments:

I enjoyed the race, but I was expecting more based on all the hype I have heard about Rev3. The volunteers were great and I thank them all for giving up their time, but it seemed like they may not have been trained up on the race specifics by Rev 3. On the run I went off course several times and none of the volunteers stopped me. I realize that it is my responsibility to know the course, but there were a ton of little turns on the run. Also I only saw 1 or 2 porta potties on the bike. Maybe I missed the rest, but if not,there needs to be more. When I came into the finishers shoot the race official tried to convince me that I had only done one loop and needed to do another - not exactly what you want to hear as you are finishing. The medals have the run distance as 13.1 instead of 26.2. Not much of anything food wise at the finish. All little things, but not even close organizationally to the Ironman branded Lake Placid race I did in 2008. There, you truly felt like a rock star. I will still do a Rev 3 race again though. The little things they missed are probably due to this being only the third year. The effort and love of the sport are there with them even if all small details aren't yet.

Last updated: 2012-01-11 12:00 AM
01:14:59 | 4224 yards | 01m 47s / 100yards
Age Group: 10/
Overall: 57/
Performance: Good
Suit: full
Course: 2 triangular loops
Start type: Wade Plus:
Water temp: 73F / 23C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Below average
Waves: Below average Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 08:15
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Good
06:32:17 | 112 miles | 17.13 mile/hr
Age Group: 32/
Overall: 192/
Performance: Good
Wind: Cross-winds with gusts
Course: 2 loop course. Roads were in pretty good shape except for the last five miles entering the Park which were pretty horrible
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Average Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 09:49
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Bad
Jumping off bike Bad
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
04:05:58 | 26.2 miles | 09m 23s  min/mile
Age Group: 15/
Overall: 93/
Performance: Good
Course: 2 loops through Sandusky
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? No
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Bad
Race evaluation [1-5] 3