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Williamsburg, Virginia
United States
76F / 24C
Total Time = 3h 16m
Overall Rank = 310/443
Age Group = 50-54
Age Group Rank = 7/12
Pre-race routine:

Went to the practice swim on Saturday, river was calm and perfect......Packet pick up and the mandatory pre race meeting. Drove back to Richmond.

Race morning up at 3:30 AM. Tried a new nutrition strategy today. I know, the cardinal rule nothing new on race day? I didn't completely re write it--just adapted the half mary nutrition for the day. Prior races I have eaten my regular breakfast and then felt starved by the time I got out to swim. Today I had a greek yogurt and V8 at home, then in the car I ate half a peanut butter sandwich with a banana and drank my coffee. We got into William and Mary Campus and found the 2 closest lots full, had to park around the corner to walk up to set up T2 and get in the LONG shuttle lines. I had another half peanut butter sandwich while waiting in line with a little bit of gatorade that hadn't fit into the water bottles. We had to wait a good 30 minutes in the shuttle line then once we finally got to the swim start I ran in and set up my bike shoes, helmet....hit the portapotties and had another banana with another half sandwich. Wrestled my wetsuit on...yes, like shoving 20 pounds of crap into a 10 pound bag.
Event warmup:

Heard the pros go off, watched a couple other waves go out. Walked over to the warm up area and swam a couple hundred yards. Today the river is choppy with a strong pull toward the left.

Walked back over to the swim start area and caught the first few pro men coming out.
  • 39m 31s
  • 1640 yards
  • 02m 25s / 100 yards

The waves started on the beach. This river bed is SHALLOW, walked at least 200-300 yards before it was deep enough to swim. Started off with all sorts of butt grabbing and contact but just settled into a rhythm. The swim mantra I found yesterday was my focus : LONG AND TALL. I just focused on keeping a long stroke with a "tall" position in the water, paused momentarily to site once in a while and swam.
Just before the first turn buoy I realized I was tangled with swimmers from a wave or two ahead of mine. Was I having a really good swim or were thy having a horrible day? Didn't have any clue, just keep swimming.
Felt like it took me FOREVER to get through the long side of this rectangle. More entanglements. In particular with a gentleman from 2 waves ahead of me and a really large woman from Team Z that just seemed to constantly be in my way. Finally rounded the second turn and headed in. The chop is just crazy, literally have to pause the stroke to site cause I can't see over it.
I was getting so freaking tired by the time I hit that swim in. Kept looking up at the swim exit sign thinking I would NEVER get there. Saw a man stand up and thought "hallelujah" cause I could stand up. Looked at my watch then and was at 37:25 or so......lady walking near me asked the time......I was all happy thinking I had this huge PR swim to find out this poor woman was in the pink wave of the HIM that went off 20 minutes ahead of me and had a crappy day.

Post race, I learned how many people were pulled from the river....all the more proud of my swim. I NEVER reverted to any other stroke or hung off a kayak. This is HUGE for me.
What would you do differently?:

Not much, I am not a strong swimmer and I am pretty pleased with my effort in the water today. Never panicked, never flipped to back stroke or breast stroke and no kayak hugging.
Transition 1
  • 05m 38s

They claim 1/4 mile run from the river to T1.....This is the same venue that SetUp uses and I think it's closer to half a mile with a little hill mid way up.

Yesterday the swim in / bike out were planned to be different than what we had today. Not sure why, maybe the RD looked at the crappy chip seal road leading from the park and decided that it would be unsafe since it was wet....
What would you do differently?:

Learn to get the wetsuit off faster.
  • 1h 24m 36s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 17.67 mile/hr

Tried to ride "within" and not push my limits too much but I did push as much as I could get away with.
Starts off on the same course as the Set Up races but there were a few different turns to change it up. I was glad to see that--would have sucked to do a new event by a different race company and have the same course.
Some passing and re passing of the same people for quite a while. Settled into my pace and just kept pedaling. Fairly well marked, but there were a few intersections that I only saw the HIM markings and I was afraid I was on the wrong course for a bit.
Alternated between gatorade and water, took in a Gu around the mile 8-9 area. We finally turn off onto Jolly Pond Rd and the road is ANYTHING but a jolly road. Freaking pot holed, narrow bumpity bump mess and I have a bladder screaming to be emptied with more than half the course to go.
Was more than happy to turn off that road back to Centerville Rd where the HIM course mixes back in with the Oly. Passed someone pulling a trailer for a physically challenged racer--so inspiring. Got passed by some of the pros like I was sitting still.
Few miles later and we turn off to Monticello which is closed to traffic--nice. Couple more turns and it's T2 time. Quickly run in and rack the bike--asking the transition volunteer if there are portapotties on the other side of transition cause there is NO way I am going to survive the run with this full bladder.

What would you do differently?:

Set up the trainer cause of the rainy weather....just could not bring myself to do that
Transition 2
  • 01m 5s

PORTA POTTY stop was demanded
  • 1h 05m 28s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 10m 29s  min/mile

Head out of T2 and am soooo relieved to finally empty the bladder....Felt pretty good for the first couple of miles. Then mile 3 hit....the up hills were making my left calf cramp up. Since I am moving into marathon training this coming week I was not about to overcook my leg today. Took a few walk breaks to get up the hills as needed and ease the calf cramps. Grabbed gatorade at every aid stop and poured water on my head at them as well.
Hit the turn back and realized at about the 4 mile mark that I was on a course set to PR so I really tried to keep running as much as possible --again if the leg cramped I would walk about 100 yards to ease it then get moving again.
You have to run past the finish chute to go down the hill and back up for the final mile. It's almost mental cruelty to run past a finish line--but at least I only had to do it once. The HIM racers had to do that twice.
Almost started crying as I ran into the chute. I knew I had PR'd the day by about 2 minutes and that's all I could think of.
What would you do differently?:

Wear the calf sleeve.
Post race
Warm down:

Met up with my husband, Kristen and her monkeys who had been cheering Matt (Kristen's husband) grabbed food and hung out with my friend Susan a bit.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Choppy swim--that was a good effort for me in those conditions

Rainy spring with not as much bike volume as I would have liked

Calf cramps from my leg that previously had a torn gastrocnemius so I wasn't pushing that leg too much.

Event comments:

I would most definitely do another Rev 3 race. Other than the serious lack of morning shuttles from T2 to race start site I have no issues with the organization.
Every volunteer from check in to finish line was FANTASTIC. Positive and encouraging.

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Last updated: 2013-02-24 12:00 AM
00:39:31 | 1640 yards | 02m 25s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/12
Overall: 0/443
Performance: Good
Suit: sleeveless wetsuit
Course: clockwise rectangle against current for parts
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 77F / 25C Current: High
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Average Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 05:38
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: No
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
01:24:36 | 24.85 miles | 17.67 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/12
Overall: 0/443
Performance: Good
HR average 138-155
Wind: Some
Road: Smooth Wet Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:05
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
01:05:28 | 06.21 miles | 10m 29s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/12
Overall: 0/443
Performance: Average
Course: It's basically 2 out and back loops with a couple of good hills on each end.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 5
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5

2013-06-23 2:12 PM

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West Chester, Ohio
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2013-06-23 3:23 PM
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Caerphilly, Wales, uk.
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Congrats on the PB. I'd be happy if I manage an Olympic in that time. Well done.
2013-06-23 6:03 PM
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Washington, DC
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Congratulations! I'm a very strong swimmer and thought the swim conditions were very, very difficult today.
2013-06-23 7:19 PM
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Englewood, Florida
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Yeah Judi!!!! Awesome job. 
2013-06-23 9:28 PM
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Congrates Judi. Sounds like you put a lot to shame with that swim.
2013-06-23 9:29 PM
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Way to go! Be proud of this one... with a few shakes of extra proud sprinkled on top! Oh...  And you know what some are going to say about taking time for the potty stop. Wink

2013-06-24 2:13 AM
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Central Kansas
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Super job. Congratulations on the PR. You hit really respectable splits.
2013-06-24 4:53 AM
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Canandaigua NY
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Awesome race Judi!!! Always good to get a PR!! Congrats!!

You should be really proud of the swim with the conditions you had to swim through!!

2013-06-24 5:28 AM
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Congratulations Judi! Amazing race and a great PR!
2013-06-24 8:47 AM
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Woodbridge , Virginia
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Great race.. congrats
2013-06-24 10:32 AM
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Extreme Veteran
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Great job Judi! That is awesome! Sorry we didn't meet up or see each other. Maybe next time! Enjoy this one!

2013-06-24 10:45 AM
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Austin, Texas
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Congrats on the PR in some difficult conditions - AWESOME JOB!!!  :D

2013-06-24 10:56 AM
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Rio Rancho, NM
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Nice job with the PR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This report feels like some of my races, swim that never ends, full bladder on a bumpy road... and the dreaded run past the finish line! Why do they do that?!?!?!!?

Nice job. I'd like to do a Rev3, once they come to my part of the world.

2013-06-24 12:09 PM
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Science Nerd
Redwood City, California
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Congratulations, Judi!!!  I'm so proud of you for conquering that swim!
2013-06-24 2:15 PM
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Awesome job Judi! Waita PR on a difficult day!
2013-06-25 5:06 AM
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Verona WI--Ironman Bike Country!
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Awesome stuff from start to finish.  Really proud of your swim and the ability to push through the cramps at the end.

2013-06-25 5:34 AM
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Quebec, Canada
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Awesome job on your PR Judi
2013-06-25 1:37 PM
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Congrats on the PR and on a very successful swim in spite of the conditions!  I chuckled at your description of getting into your wetsuit - it's how I feel, too!  Great job!
2013-06-25 3:16 PM
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Awesome PR!
2013-06-25 7:00 PM
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the alamo city, Texas
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great race - especially that killer swim! 
2013-06-26 7:15 AM
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Great race. I wonder what the DNF total was for both events.

2013-06-26 7:16 PM
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2013-06-26 11:11 PM
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Berkeley, Calif.
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So awesome!!! Love that you were strong across all three -- even that swim! And you did a really nice job pushing hard on the run, but not too hard. You got the PR and didn't end up injured. Can't ask for a better race than that! Congrats!

2013-06-28 10:17 PM
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Royersford, PA
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Way to go! That swim was a serious adventure, I was getting tossed all over the place and was amazed I stayed on course. Loved the bike with the exception of the pothole section and that final out and back segment was just mean. Great race. If you had a chance to swing by the NormaTec Tent afterwards I probably helped set you up. Great job on the PR!
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