This race is the 3rd race that I have competed in 2010, and I have decided to start a blog since triathlon is now my career. The Knoxville, TN Rev3 event was amazing this year. This was my first Rev3 event, and I cant wait to do more next year. Unfortunately, I already have plans for the other dates. I suggest anyone that loves triathlon to try out the Rev3 series. They run a really great production for the athletes. We all know that triathlon costs a lot of money, especially to enter races. This race really makes it all worth it. You get a few shirts, hats, and bags, as well as finishers stuff. They even had box lunches for the athletes at the finish line.
Ok on to the race. It was about 46 degrees at the start of the race. The sun was shining but the athletes were shivering, even in their wetsuits. However, it was a beautiful morning. The swim was up and down the Tennessee River and there really wasn't much of a current. The start was in the water and that was a first for me. I actually really loved the start and swimming in the river. I had a great swim and improved my time from my last Oly in Miami.
My TI was a little sloppy as I got my left leg stuck in my wetsuit. Of course, I got it off, but wish it would have been faster. I jumped on my Cervelo P2C and took off. It was cold riding, but I just blocked it out. I am pretty strong on the bike and since the course was shorter than normal for me, I went all out. The scenery was fabulous. The course was technical. Lots of climbs, lots of speedy downhills, and lots of twists and turns. It was one of my favorite courses that I have ever ridden. My GPS came in at 25.8, so it was a tad long, but everyone had to do it, so that didn't matter much.
The run was very pretty as well. Once we got onto the town trail there were tons of shaded areas and lots of enthusiastic volunteers at the aid stations. That is something that always gives me a lot of energy, to have the encouragement of volunteers. They really are a special group. I had been treating tendonitis in my ankle and this run was more of a test run for my race next weekend in Florida. I went out easy and just enjoyed the experience. I ran about 7:40/ mile and felt really comfortable, and no feeling of pain or irritation. This was a big confidence builder for me.
The finish in World's Fair Park was a great place to set up the end. Lots of spectators and music, and even a turkey sandwich waiting for me. I placed 2nd in my Age Group, and considering I went slower on my run, I was ecstatic to have a place on the podium. The Rev3 race was overall a wonderful and fun experience and I will go back next year.