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Rev3 Cedar Point - Half Rev - Triathlon1/2 Ironman

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Sandusky, Ohio
United States
60F / 16C
Total Time = 5h 33m 10s
Overall Rank = 228/714
Age Group = F 35-39
Age Group Rank = 6/36
Pre-race routine:

Friday: drove up, rode the rides, and checked out great wolf lodge!
Saturday: uh oh. I didn't sleep well and my what I thought was happening during the night turned into reality. I had caught a cold. I pushed it back to the corners of my mind thinking it may just be the hotel room. Did my pre-race ride and run check in the cold, wet air and played at GWL! What a blast! I'm so glad we stayed there. Although it probably wasn't the best situation to stay healthy...
Event warmup:

Arrived to transition around 6:45 -perfect timing. It was a cold, windy morning and I was by myself. Steve-o took the kids back to the hotel to play until finish line time. I ate my pb sammy, nanner,and coffee while I talked to my neighbors and Danielle. Met some new friends through Tom/Alex/Bananatoes-whatever his real name is....

Since the air was so cold I didn't get in to swim. I was already shivering and didn't want to warm up to get frozen on the beach. I observed the waves before me and noticed a sandbar after people started swimming. Made my swimming strategy then...
  • 33m 15s
  • 1931 meters
  • 01m 43s / 100 meters

I chose to dolphin dive until I was past the sandbar. That way I wouldn't tire my legs out or get my HR too high too fast. My swim was very relaxed. I was drafting whoever was around me then had open water. Caught up to the next group, drafted, had open water. The sun was a little difficult parallel to the shore, but it was jsut relaxing and refreshing knowing I could only do what my body could do with a cold. It took the pressure off which helped for most of my race. Upon returning to the shallows, I dolphin dived/swam again while others were wading. I think that really helped my legs not get too worn out.

took 1:50 off of my swim last year. Couldn't believe it was just as calm.
What would you do differently?:

Not catch a cold. Although, I was most nervous about the swim, but the nasal spray did its job.
Transition 1
  • 02m 17s

Made sure I had everything. Debated about wearing a vest on the bike to stay warm, but realized upon getting out it wasn't needed for the race. (for health, maybe...)

1:24 better than last year.
What would you do differently?:

nothing. Memorized my spot and found it fast. 3 of us came in at the same time.
  • 2h 55m 56s
  • 56 miles
  • 19.10 mile/hr

Again, my goal was to finish thanks to my lovely virus, but the lack of pressure helped me to relax on the bike. My speed was good/faster than normal, but my heart felt great. The hardest part was the long road after Milan. Boring, false flat. Also, no matter which way you turned, you were fighting the wind.

Sometime after that road, an older gent in a red truck got stuck in the middle of the race. We couldn't go around him, we couldn't go along side of him. He was too scared to move and we were riding his bumper. After several miles he finally turned off. If only we could have drafted off of him, but he was going too slow!!!!!

Also, took off 1:09 off last year's bike time.
What would you do differently?:

Not get stuck behind an old man in a road race! Also, I think I drank too much. I was overcompensating for my cold, thinking I'd be dehydrated from the airborne, zycam, etc the day before. I think I could have gotten by with my normal routine. It was also difficult to determine since I haven't had the opportunity to ride in such cool weather before the race.
Transition 2
  • 02m 23s

Ugh. I was one of those people who forgot to take off my helmet. Thanks to the cheering section, they let me know. So, I left my bike-ran-had to go back to take off my helmet-run-go back to get my hat-run... I could have shaved off 1 minute due to my forgetfulness. Chalk it up to the cold, right?
What would you do differently?:

That is pretty self-explanatory. See above.
  • 1h 59m 19s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 09m 07s  min/mile

Again, I just wanted to do what my body wanted to do, but I wanted to run the entire thing again. I felt like I had to use the potty, but whenever I came to one, someone popped in right before me. I decided to wait until I had a free one.
My pace was comfortable and typical, right around 8 minute miles, until I stopped for my potty break. I think that was my undoing. Obviously, my body and mind felt relieved, but I started feeling sorry for myself for some reason. All that kept going through my mind was "I'm sick". "I wanna stop but I can't." Waa-waa-waa. As a result, my times got slower and slower. Breathing and heart rate were superb and that felt good, but the longer my race went on, the more snot I had and the more whiny voices were calling me. So frustrating! I should have just HTFU'd.
Anyway, at mile 4, right around potty time, I started to get side cramps, which, last year hit at mile 10. I think that aided my whiny-hiney, but decided to take coke thinking I needed more sweet/caffeine/taste than my infinit was giving me. The flavor was fantastic! I may have to start training with it.
Finished up, was passed by a girl in purple in my AG in the last half mile, but she helped me pick up my pace and finish strong even though I couldn't catch her. Luckily, she did this becase there were 2 right behind me pulling up close that I didn't know about!!!
What would you do differently?:

Shut off my mouthy, whiny brain, and not catch a cold the day before a race. I'm very disappointed in my run. I trained so hard to finish it stronger than last year, and I was slower by 33 seconds.
Post race
Warm down:

Ran through the chute with Will (hooray!), begged for my medal, shirt, and towel. Grabbed some pop and chips, cried, blew my nose a million times, and went home.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Stupid cold and whiny voices in my head.

Event comments:

I rate this as a 4 because I feel it was better organized last year. Registration lines were long, goody bag was far away from registration (I stumbled upon it--didn't know where it was), and the volunteers running registration and finish line were a little slow at their job, but Rev 3 does put on one great race with lots of aid stations and fun times.

Last updated: 2011-11-30 12:00 AM
00:33:15 | 1931 meters | 01m 43s / 100meters
Age Group: 6/36
Overall: 75/714
Performance: Good
Garmin said 2100 or so, and I felt like I was on target with all my sights today.
Suit: xterra volt sleeveless
Course: 3 sided rectangle
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 72F / 22C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Good
Waves: Good Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 02:17
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Good
02:55:56 | 56 miles | 19.10 mile/hr
Age Group: 5/36
Overall: 227/714
Performance: Good
Avg: 151 Max: 166 Heart didn't feel that fast on the bike. I was comfortable with the course and knew what to expect.
Wind: Some
Course: Lollipop through suburb and rural. Only one little chunck had chip and seal! Drove the unfamiliar part the day before. Last year the course was changed last minute due to construction. This course was much better.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Too much
Time: 02:23
Overall: Bad
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Bad
01:59:19 | 13.1 miles | 09m 07s  min/mile
Age Group: 6/36
Overall: 228/714
Performance: Below average
Garmin had the course longer than that. Avg: 163 Max: 171
Course: Through streets of Sandusky. Same course as last year, so I knew what to expect.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Too much
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Ok
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2012-09-13 8:26 PM

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2012-09-13 8:33 PM
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What's funny is if I was 2 years older, I would have had 2nd place in my AG!  This is the first time I can't wait to get older!


2012-09-13 8:39 PM
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Great job and thanks for the race report.  The venue sounds very family-friendly, somewhat like the Wisconsin Dells Rev3 that started this year.  Keep up the good work!
2012-09-14 10:26 AM
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You still PR'd the Course didn't you? Even with a cold?!? And while your run was not so hot your bike and swim were great and actually, if you discount the time it took you to potty while running I would bet your run time was the same as last year's! Thanks for the cowbell on the causeway, I was in my own miserable world after having lost so much time with a flat tire on the bike but you and the family were an awesome pick me up.
2012-09-14 11:52 AM
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Danielle, your determination to keep going trumps any speed on any day.  It was funny- Steve and I had the same idea in the car at the same time.  We both looked at each other and thought you should be coming in at any time.  As soon as I grabbed the cowbell, there you were!!!!  We couldn't have planned that if we tried!!!! 

In awe of your effort,


2012-09-14 4:57 PM
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Great job!

Hopefully, I'll get to race this one with y'all next year

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