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Rev3 Knoxville - Half Rev - Triathlon1/2 Ironman


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Knoxville, Tennessee
United States
REVOLUTION3 Triathlon
85F / 29C
Sunny
Total Time = 4h 30m
Overall Rank = 1/
Age Group = M40-44
Age Group Rank = 1/
Swim
  • 32m 38s
  • 2112 yards
  • 01m 33s / 100 yards
Comments:

Happy with this. Time includes run along slippery wooden dock in wetsuit (no strippers).

Was tired by the end of the swim. Really need to work on shoulder/lat endurance before IMWI.
Transition 1
  • 03m 46s
Bike
  • 2h 29m 9s
  • 56 miles
  • 22.53 mile/hr
Comments:

Lost some time by being cautious in the technical descents, but I didn't know the course and prefer to be careful.
What would you do differently?:

Nada.
Transition 2
  • 01m 39s
Run
  • 1h 23m 27s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 06m 22s  min/mile
Comments:

Hot-and-hilly.

High was 85F for the day, sunny. Not sure what temp was when we finished, but it felt warm. I'm sure most of it was just lack of heat to train in so far this year. Thankfully, some of the run was shaded.

Had some calf cramping issues near the end, but didn't walk a step on this challenging course. Very happy about that.
Post race
Event comments:

Mary and I dropped the three monkeys off with friends on Friday and drove down to Knoxville for the weekend. That was probably the nicest part of the whole weekend! There was also a large crew from Lex doing the race, and it was fun hanging out with them on Sat and Sun.

Saturday included driving the bike+run courses. Bike had lots of technical descending, and the run course was hillier than I expected.
The Half Rev started Sunday at 7:30 (male <40 + clydes), and my wave (old and frail men) went off at 7:35, followed by the women at 7:40. Thankfully, swim was uneventful, came out somewhere around 32 minutes, which I was pleased with. Shoulders and lats were fatigued though, so I need to keep working on swim endurance for the 2.4 mile swim in September if I don’t want pace to drop off…

Got out on the bike and started settling in. At mile 2 I saw someone changing a flat. Always hate to see that, but this time it was one of my good training buddies. Damn! Asked if he needed anything, he said he was set. (Turns out he managed to change a rear flat in 8 minutes.) The rest of the bike was pretty smooth. I gradually moved up the field, keeping RPE steady, and riding the descents cautiously. (Rode purely by RPE, no computer/data of any kind.)

I always find the interactions out on the bike interesting. In races like this, you're not redlining the bike, so I like to talk briefly to people as I go by. It's interesting the different reactions that generates. Generally, the closer you get to the front of the race, the more serious people seem, and they seem less interested in talking.

Around mile 30, the eventual 2nd place male came by me on one of the faster descents. He was in the earlier wave, and I had passed him in the swim. The two of us passed each other back and forth several times for the next ~20 miles. He was a much better descender than me, and would pull away on the downs. I would catch back up on the flats/ups. He finally put in a surge at around mile 50 on one of the downhills to try to pull away. In talking to him after the race, he said he realized he needed to put 5 minutes into me yet due to the wave differences. I figured that was what was going on, so I let him go. It was clear at this point that the race would be decided on the run, and it wasn't worth burning any extra matches on the bike. (I was a little uneasy because he looked like a runner; turns out he had run at Georgia Tech. I might have played it differently had I known that.)

Coming out of T2 I put my Garmin on, and it took about 0.5 miles to lock. My goal for the run was 1:21:xx, which would require about 6:16 pace. Once the GPS locked, I saw I felt good running right around this pace for the first 3-or-so miles.

At around mile 3 (just after the OLY run turnaround), the run course gets quite hilly, probably the hilliest run course I've done in a triathlon. I was really worried about how my calves would act, they seem to be my weakest link right now, and I had taken two weeks of little-to-no running coming into the race to let a minor strain in my right calf heal. Thankfully, they held up well when we hit the hills. I was actually feeling stronger as the run progressed, and was gaining ground on the guy that had passed me on the bike. He was about 45 seconds up on my out of T2, and I managed to narrow that to about 15 seconds and then just stayed there. The two of us were gradually passing what turned out to be the rest of the field.

In the HalfRev, you don't know exactly where everyone is until the turn-around at mile ~6.5. At this point I saw there were only one other person in front of us. He was a young guy and was almost exactly 5 minutes up. So, due to the wave difference, we were about even, and it looked like he was running slower. At that point I knew it was going to come down to me and the guy I had been shadowing since mile 30 of the bike. I did a quick calculation and realized that it was unlikely he could beat me if I held my current pace, which I felt like I could (wrong).

My calves started to complain on the hills after the turnaround and were quite unhappy by the time we got back to the flat section of the run course, with some minor cramping starting. End result was I couldn't hold the pace I had planned. And my challenger managed to pick up his pace! The combination of me slowing and him accelerating put him out of my sight by mile ~10. From that point on, I just held on. Felt like I was still running goal pace, but Garmin told me I was slowing.

The last 0.5 miles was a long uphill to the Finish. That seemed to last for-ev-er. Crossed the line and learned that I had managed to win by about 2.5 minutes. (That means the 2nd place finisher put almost 2.5 minutes into me over the last 4 miles of the run. Nicely done!)

Talked to a bunch of the other participants after the race, which is always fun. (It's like going to a bar, but better. Instead of everyone being relaxed by alcohol, everyone is on an endorphin high.)

Overall, it was a fun race and a great weekend. There were some issues with the timing, but Rev3 posted some info on ST explaining why that happened (some of their equipment got stuck in customs coming up from Costa Rica).

Will def do another Rev3 event if/when it fits the schedule.




Last updated: 2011-10-12 12:00 AM
Swimming
00:32:38 | 2112 yards | 01m 33s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance:
Suit: first wave
Course:
Start type: Deep Water Plus: Waves
Water temp: 66F / 19C Current: Low
200M Perf. Remainder:
Breathing: Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Rounding:
T1
Time: 03:46
Performance:
Cap removal: Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
Biking
02:29:09 | 56 miles | 22.53 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance:
Wind:
Course: Hilly with lots of technical (for me) descending.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
T2
Time: 01:39
Overall:
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
Running
01:23:27 | 13.1 miles | 06m 22s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance:
The half-mile paces I have from garmin are (last 12.5 miles only): 06m 16s /mile 06m 16s /mile 06m 18s /mile 06m 22s /mile 06m 20s /mile 06m 16s /mile 06m 10s /mile 06m 18s /mile 05m 54s /mile 06m 06s /mile 06m /mile 05m 58s /mile 06m 16s /mile 06m 22s /mile 06m 26s /mile 06m 38s /mile 06m 20s /mile 06m 38s /mile 06m 24s /mile 06m 10s /mile 06m 26s /mile 06m 28s /mile 06m 40s /mile 06m 44s /mile 06m 56s /mile
Course:
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall:
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race?
Evaluation
Course challenge
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5

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2012-05-08 9:19 AM

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2012-05-08 9:54 AM
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Hot Damn!  Awesome fast race!  Congrats again.

2012-05-08 9:54 AM
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Sorry, DP.



Edited by mighty mom 2012-05-08 9:55 AM
2012-05-08 2:17 PM
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Winner winner chicken dinner.  Congrats.
2012-05-08 2:30 PM
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Nice work.  Congrats.  I'll let you know when I post my race report.

It was good to meet you.  I hope that we'll cross paths again!  Maybe next time we can switch up the top two finishers!  ;-

Good luck at IMWI!

2012-05-08 2:43 PM
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Hey George!  You work on that swimming and the place-switching will take care of itself.  Enjoyed talking with you after the race.  Still can't believe the way you finished the run.

Looking forward to reading your report.



2012-05-08 4:17 PM
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Just 2 words.

Fast Impressive

2012-05-08 5:08 PM
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Great report. I always enjoy reading what goes through the minds of elites during a race.
2012-05-08 8:14 PM
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Loved the strategy leading up to the win.  Always calculating!  Can't wait to see you tear it up at IM WI! 
2012-05-08 8:57 PM
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awesome job man, glad to hear people had a good race.. i have to get back there to get my revenge on that course.. hill work in my future for sure.. I probably took it too easy on the bike, but was still tanked due to the heat/hills on the run..

Awesome job man!

2012-05-08 11:24 PM
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Outstanding job! Too bad you didn't get to cross the line first and immediately know that you had won. I imagined you crossing the line and holding the banner aloft.

Edited by colinphillips 2012-05-08 11:31 PM


2012-05-09 6:08 AM
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Thanks!  

There were two races going on at the same time (OLY and 70.3), so no tape no matter when you came through.  They were on top of announcing placings with the sound system, which worked pretty well.

2012-05-09 6:38 AM
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CONGRATS on your win, that's awesome!!
2012-05-09 7:18 AM
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Congratulations!
2012-05-09 7:55 AM
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Great job! I ran there last year, and it's definitely not an easy course!
2012-05-09 9:29 AM
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Great job Rob.....you are going to need to open a "hardware store" for all those race awards.

Randy



2012-05-09 10:17 AM
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GREAT job, Rob!
2012-05-09 12:05 PM
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Smokin'!! Way to crush it, all around! Congrats!
2012-05-10 9:06 AM
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Congratulations!  You crushed that course.  I can't imagine holding that type of pace on either that bike or run course.  Nicely done!!!
2012-05-10 1:12 PM
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Rob!  Super happy for you still.  Like you said I have 15 years to catch up to your run time.  Enjoyed reading your take on the race and look forward to racing with yall again, wasnt really racing anyone though as quick as you and george went flying by, it was a long and lonely bike/run for me!

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2012-05-10 1:29 PM
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Hey Tyler!  

Was really nice meeting you after the race.  I still have the picture in my head of how FAST you looked coming back on the out-back section of the bike course.  You were flying!  Let me know if you put up a race report, would like to read your take, especially what it was like leading the bike+run for so long.

Keep on running, you're eventually going to catch me.



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2012-05-10 2:31 PM
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Great race! I did the Olympic and you flew past me as I was bringing my bike back up that last hill. Great job on a hot day!
2012-05-12 5:59 AM
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