I have an all caps worthy announcement:
I HAVE OFFICIALLY REGISTERED FOR MY FIRST 70.3 DISTANCE RACE.
On June 2nd, I’ll excitedly be hopping into Lake Quassapaug in Middlebury, CT, where I’ll begin my my first consecutive 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike, and 13.1 mile run as a part of the Rev3 Quassy Half Rev.
And no, as someone asked, that’s not a pizza box in the picture. That’s the wetsuit box. (I swear!) I wish it were a pizza box, and I wish that pizza box were here right now. But enough about pizza, people.
A lot of triathletes I’ve talked to have recommended this Rev3 race; not only for the location (about 90 minutes outside of NYC), but because Rev3 events are consistently so well run. Word of mouth is that the customer service is phenomenal and the whole experience is much more enjoyable than the bigger races and, in a word, simpler. Easier. (Sorry, that was two words.) What I hear about this race is that it’s convenient and instructions are clear. What more could a girl ask for?
The swim takes place in a clean New England lake. Clean is the key word in that sentence. Since I grew up in a land-locked state (which East Coasters find absolutely insane, for some reason), I’m not afraid of swimming in lakes. Plus, the entire field of athletes is only around 1,000 (according to last year’s results), so I’m hoping I won’t have too much anxiety about the swim and getting punched in the water on race day.
I plan to do a couple open water swims in May, so hopefully that will allow me to figure out a plan. But let’s be honest, my “plan” will be “don’t get kicked in the head or get knocked out, have enough muscle control left to finish the rest of the race, don’t drown, and worst of all, don’t get kicked out of the race for any reason.”
It would also be nice if my hair didn’t look frizzy and disgusting when I take my swim cap off, but let’s not get carried away here.
As for the bike, one of my coaches told me it’s a “challenging but awesome course”. I also heard her say something about “lots of rolling hills” but I’m going to try and trick myself into thinking that’s a good thing – I’ll get stronger! I’ll be prepared for the Adirondacks! Good thing I’ve learned all about gear shifting. Smallest gear for big hills! (I think?) Don’t shift while on a hill! (That will elicit some terrible noises, I learned this the hard way.)
As the Rev3 website says:
“You will be faced with challenging climbs culminating in gorgeous hilltop views. Long winding descents will take you through pastoral vineyards and over Thomaston dam. This engaging bike ride will take you past Black Rock State Reservoir – a well known nesting site for Bald Eagles. You will be welcomed into some of Connecticut’s richest farmlands, past historic Bethleham Fairgrounds. Follow the signs and the cheering voices as you pass through Litchfield Town Center on your way back to transition and the amazing Quassy Amusement Park.”
I love that last line…follow the signs and the cheering voices…I thrive on the adrenaline I get from a cheering crowd. They carry me, which will be helpful after traversing 56 miles on a bike. Good thing my bike is light, I wouldn’t want to hurt anyone’s back.
Lastly, the run. My most favorite. Let’s ignore the fact that I’m still recovering from a stress fracture and feel like I’LL NEVER BE ABLE TO RUN EVER EVER EVER AGAIN.
I don’t know if you’ve ever been to Connecticut or up North in New York, but it’s absolutely gorgeous. I’d almost go so far as to say I’m obsessed with going up there in the Summer and Fall as much as possible…even just to the outer edges of Westchester, which isn’t quite as far but still has beautiful lakes, lots of trees, winding roads through the countryside, horses, pretty houses, and wildlife. Well, “wildlife” when compared to what NYC has…squirrels and rats and Central Park Puppies (also arguably my most favorite – the puppies, not the rats).
So, we have 78 days. (I have an app for that). 78 seems so much closer and so much more real than the 134 days to Lake Placid.
Why should you join me on an adventure to Connecticut? I thought you’d never ask!
Lucky for you, I’ve compiled a list of reasons:
1. Did you hear me say that Rev3 races are consistently described as well run and convenient?
2. Transportation is no issue! I know that those things called “cars” are pretty foreign to my city dweller friends, but never fear, I have one and will give you a ride to Connecticut. I won’t even make you pay for gas or anything. Maybe you can just buy me a slurpee at 7-11?
4. Not into triathlons at all? On Friday night, they have what was described to me as a “5K trail run with a GLOW THEME”. FOLLOWED BY A MOVIE ON A JUMBO-TRON. You have my heart, Rev3.
5. Exercise is good for you. This race involves a lot of exercise. Therefore, this race is good for you.
6. If you win, you take home $100,000. Just saying. I know some of you are way better athletes than me, so keep in mind I’m one less person to worry about. You just have to be able to beat the other 999 people. Piece. Of. Cake.
7. Racing with friends is the best.
8. It’s a challenge that, once completed, will make you feel incredibly accomplished. And rightfully so.
9. Did I mention the transitions are through the Quassy Amusement Park? How fun!
10. If the lure of camaraderie and fitness and amusement parks doesn’t get you, maybe this will:
All registered athletes receive:
- REV3 Visor
- REV3 Finisher Shirt
- Designer REV3 Finisher Medal
- Personalized Bike Rack Name Plates
- Discounts with official REV3 sponsors and local stores
- Muscle Milk Sling Bag
- FREE finisher photo
- Gatorade towel
- 2 tickets to the Quassy Amusement Park
So, see you there?