So last weekend I helped the Rev3 crew work the Knoxville Rev3 race. I have to say that this experience gave me a whole new respect for dedicated racers and race directors.
So, let’s start with Rev3 and the logistics that go into a race like this. I had no clue that there was so much hard work that goes on behind the scene. I had the pleasure of working with Carole Sharpless on the aid stations for the race. We had 8 aid stations to prepare for Sunday’s race. Each aid station received, what seemed like, a month’s supply of food. Each station was stocked with a U-Haul trailer full of Powerbar, water, Gatorade, pretzels and Coca-Cola. We worked to get all of these boxes prepared for about 12 hours on Saturday. Then Sunday rolled around and we were up before sunrise to make sure that we got the 2,000 pounds of ice packed in the truck. That is when the day began. We ran between each aid station countless times as we ensured that they were all stocked and ready to take care of racers. By the time my day came to a close I felt like I had finished the half myself. I now have mad respect for race directors, like Rev3, that put on such stellar races. I now know what goes on behind the scenes and I’m amazed.
Next, I have new respect for my fellow racers. Sunday was a tough day out there on the course. Cold water followed by an even colder bike only to wind down the day with a wet, sloppy run. I have never decided to not start a race but this would have been the closest I would have come to stepping back from the start line. I am glad I didn’t have to make that decision. I had the pleasure of picking up a few tough racers out there on the course that needed to call it a day sooner than they wanted. I say it was a pleasure because the talks on the way back to transition showed me why I love this sport and love the racers the choose Rev3 races…it is a different class of people.