This race brought me to another Richmond. Last weekend I raced in Richmond, Virginia and this weekend I raced in Richmond, Indiana.
I hate to say that there isn’t much to tell about this race but 47 races in they tend to flow at some point. The race was run exceptionally well. It was a fun course to race. Mostly flat with some rollers and a good climb heading out and then back on the bike. The weather was perfect with the heat moving in on the backside of the run.
I sit here in my hotel waiting for my Sunday morning race. And this picture says it all:
That’s right. Enough races to count on one hand. Hard to believe but very exciting.
This race added 16.76 miles to the total. We are closing in on 1,000 with 923.36 miles done.
That’s right…..we have ticked off 46 races in our year for Team Chad. Hard for me to believe that we have come this far and excited to tackle the final 6 races.
Rev3 Rush, as discussed in the previous post, was a unique and exciting format. It was very challenging to race this distance over and over and over again throughout the weekend. True, these races were short in terms of total distance, but they were a true kick in the gut. Each one of these races took approximately 30 minutes. 250 yards on the swim, 5 miles on the bike and then a 1.5 mile run….full on effort for 30 minutes takes the toll after a few races.
To give you an idea of this unique format I thought the best way was visually…so here we go:
I hope that these pictures gives you an idea of this format. The chance to race several events from the same venue with the same competitors throughout the weekend was a blast. I can’t say enough good things about this new race format. I am hopeful that Rev3 keeps expanding this race format to tracks all over the country. It caters to beginner racers since the distances are not as daunting and it lends itself to elite fast racing for the same reasons.
To give you another perspective on this race I took a video with my GoPro on the final race of the weekend. At this point I was pretty fatigued and I wasn’t planning on “racing” the final race but rather just enjoy the experience. However, as I was heading out on the bike after the swim I heard a teammate of mine from Team Rev3 asking me to help him catch up to the lead pack. He was one spot out of a third place podium position so he asked for the help….I obliged. When he caught up the hard work started. He took advantage of the draft behind me for most of the bike in order to save his legs for the run portion. I hope the video gives you an idea of what this bike course was like for the racers on the bike: http://youtu.be/NuIx2JGTe8s The hard bike wrecked what little bit of speed I had in my legs for my run……I made my way through the run and wrapped up race 46.
Races 43-46 added 26.6 miles to the tally…this brings the total distance to 906.6 miles. We are so close to the 1,000 mile goal. This should not be a problem over the next 6 races.
Race 42 – Rev3 Rush
So this morning I knocked out race 42….hard to believe that there are only 10 to go until we wrap this up. This weekend I am racing in Richmond, VA at the Richmond International Raceway. This is the most unique weekend of racing I have ever done because it is a series of very short, very fast races around the raceway. We race in the morning (which we just did) and then race again this afternoon. Tomorrow we will race three times for a total of 5 races this weekend. Even though these races are shorter they are very painful.
And to top it off I got my first battle wound of the season. At the dismount line where we get off the bike I had a bit of a spill. For those of you who don’t know most racers in these shorter distance races don’t race with socks. Rather we just slip our shoes into our cycling and running shoes (saves a few seconds). When you are getting off the bike you slip your foot out of your shoes as you are coming into the dismount line (the line where you have to get off your bike). You put your bare feet on top of your cycling shoes until you dismount. You usually do this in the last few hundred yards. Then when you dismount you are bare foot and can run to your next transition more quickly. Well today as I stepped off the bike and was coming across this dismount line running my bike my foot slipped on the duct tape that was used for the dismount line. Down I go. Fortunately it wasn’t a bad wreck but left me with a bloody knee. So is racing I guess.
I attached a video that Rev3 made of the bike course. Take a look. Gives you a first hand glance at what one of the seven laps we did looks like.
This race (and all the rest this weekend) only added 6.6 miles to the total…but man did they hurt. These super sprint races really are taxing on an old man. We are now at 880.2 miles…mile by mile closer. Now to rest for this afternoon’s race.
After a great day at Cedars of Lebanon I made the trip east across the state to get to Knoxville for my 41st race. This was a great weekend of racing. At Cedars I was surrounded by my local race friends…in Knoxville I was surrounded by my Rev3 race family from all over the country. Pretty awesome weekend of racing.
This race was an olympic distance. The swim took place in the river…I was looking forward to this because I knew that for most of the swim I would have the current helping out (even if only a little). The swim went well. I just tried to get into a groove..any groove..to help the swim progress smoothly. The water was a perfect temp and the crowd broke up early so we were all swimming free.
Out of the swim, across the main road and into transition. Out of the swim gear..on goes the bike gear and off we go. I have been to this race three or four times but I have never had the pleasure to race. I have been there as a coach for Team In Training and as a race volunteer last year. I had heard that the bike was hilly..this is so very true. This was a challenging bike course. It was beautiful but it certainly made you work for the finish. I, as I have been in my last several races, was nervous on the bike. Every railroad crossing or rough section caused me great concern. That is just the way it is going to be for the balance of the races.
Off the bike and out onto the run course. We were exceptionally fortunate with the weather this year. It was about 65 for the run. Perfect. I knew that I didn’t have enough in the worn out body to put down a great run so I was just focused on getting through it without blowing up a few miles in. I knew pacing was all I could do. The run turned out being more enjoyable than I had originally expected. It was an out and back course (which I usually don’t enjoy) which gave me a chance to see all my friends that were racing. It seemed like I passed someone every quarter mile or so. Sometimes it is the simple things that pick up the mood as you are punishing your body.
Across the line. 41 done…that is hard for me to believe. I think back across the season and it seems like one big blur of race starts and finishes….I am writing this from my RV as I await the start of race 42 here at Rev3 Rush in Richmond. We are racing on the Richmond International Raceway…that’s right. They set up a pool in the infield of this Nascar track…we will race on this track several times over the course of this weekend.
Race 41 brought another 32 more miles of racing. This brings the total to 873.6 miles. Until next time.
Nothing like being back home for another fun local race. This race was about 30 minutes east of Nashville in Lebanon. It was great to see so many familiar faces at the race. This was a fun, albeit short, race. 200 yard swim, 10 mile bike and a 2 mile run. I can talk about the race in terms of how the swim, bike and ran went for me on that day…but I would rather just show a picture that sums up the day for me…..
This has been a full year…a lot of miles put on the body and on the road. Along the way my young son has been growing up so fast. This picture reminded me of a photo earlier in the season….
What a journey this has been. Let me close this post by saying that the race went well. Added another one to the tally and continued to spread the word on home turf. This race added 12.2 miles to the grand total of 841.6 miles….closing in on the goal!
I received good feedback on the last post. The drone was a very cool addition to that race. Unfortunately it was not around Sunday.
Sunday was a minnie version of Saturday’s Olympic. This was, overall, a fairly challenging course. It was certainly easier on Sunday due to the shorter distance but on tired legs it still was noticeable.
The swim was a 500 meter jaunt around a point. I had a harder time getting in rhythm with this swim. Not sure why but it felt like I was fighting it the whole way.
Once out on the bike I could tell I had raced the day before. I tried to just maintain a steady pace over the 10 mile course. Again, I’m cautious, at this point, about pushing the pace too hard for fear of injury or wreck.
Off the bike and out on the 5k run course. This is where the tired legs really barked. It was a hilly course on a hot day. Honestly I just wanted to be done. Just wanted to get this one behind me. Across the line and relieved.
We received a very warm welcome at Tall Pines from the race organizer to the fans to fellow racers. We even received a cash donation on the spot. Great stuff.
This race added 13.3 miles bringing the total to 829.4 miles. Making headway.
This week we headed just north of Augusta to tackle the Olympic and Sprint distance Tall Pines triathlons. Instead of another text based post I have something much more fun to share. A few weeks back I tried to share, from a racer’s perspective, what a triathlon was like. Well, this week, I am excited to show a video of the experience. Prior to the start of the race I looked up to see a drone. That’s right..drones are here my friends. However, this was a helpful drone. It was up there filming most of the race and I have the video to share. Enjoy. Take a close look at minute 4:17 and you may just see someone you know running their bike into transition to get ready for the run:
This race added 32 more miles to the tally. We are now over the 800 mile mark for a total distance of 816.1 miles.