Rev3 Quassy Countdown

65 days until the Rev3 Quassy. 


65 is a small number. Too small.

Yesterday, Rev3 sent out an email to all participants saying:

“Happy Spring! The birds are chirping, the sun is shining, flowers are starting to bloom, it must be TRIATHLON SEASON! Revolution3 Quassy is only 8 WEEKS AWAY!”

This is technically my first “official” triathlon season, so yay for the commencement of my foray into the life that is swimming, biking, and running 24/7. Also, yay for sunshine and flowers and chirping feathered friends! It’s about dang time Spring decided to visit. My mood increases exponentially with the increase in temperatures (until 90 degrees or so, that is). Anyway, on April 14th I’ll be taking on my first triathlon of the year; an indoor tri at my gym, Lifetime Fitness. (It’s actually open to anyone!) I’m currently looking for a couple other sprint/olympic distance tris to add to my schedule – I need as much raceday experience as possible, seeing as I’m kind of a freak and I feel the need to attempt to pre-experience any typical situation I might face on a raceday that involves 70.3 or 140.6 miles…(read: anxiety will be through the roof and I doubt I’ll be able to think on my feet.)

With that being said, I will not be signing up for the triathlon I found for next weekend that includes canoeing 2 miles. (But I’m adding that to my “someday” list.)

To keep my status as an actual triathlete, maybe I should keep up with the, you know, triathlons.

To keep my status as an actual triathlete, maybe I should keep up with the, you know, triathlons.

In following the typical “OCD triathlete” stereotype, I am overly excited to see that the schedule for Quassy weekend is up…including times for practice swims and access to bike mechanics. I even know the expo hours, which for typical running events I don’t usually know until the week of. HOORAY FOR PLANNING! Thank you, Rev3, for providing details and enabling me to plan everything down to the minute. My family and friends will surely thank me. Or hate me, similar to the Full House episode where the Tanner fam went to Disney (or was it Hawaii?) and everyone hated Danny for his overly aggressive vacation planning. And then they haphazardly threw his special clipboard in the water. But Michelle wins a wish from the genie and everyone becomes happy again.

I’m not confident that all of that occurred in the same episode, but regardless, I foresee it all happening if I attempt to drag people along with me. Especially the genie part.

Although, Rev3 finally announced the details for the 5K run. FUN AND ENDORPHINS FOR EVERYONE! (You just can’t get mad at Annoyingly Organized Kara when you’re chock full of endorphins.) It’s a Glow in the Dark 5K around the Quassy Amusement Park and a 1 Mile Fun run taking place 20 minutes before dark on Friday, May 31st. They’ll be giving away prizes for “most illuminate” and “most creative”, among others. Plus you get a glow stick, a glow in the dark t-shirt, POPCORN and a relaxing movie under the stars post-run. Also, again, did you hear me say prizes? I love prizes. I. CAN’T. WAIT. I’m planning the glowy-est outfit imaginable. If you don’t think that sounds like the perfect way to spend a Friday night then I just don’t know if we can be friends. If that is, in fact, your dream evening, then a) we can be BFFs and b) register here so we can par-tay…AKA you can calm my nerves for my first 70.3 that Sunday. I’ll bring those fancy powdery popcorn toppings.

In all seriousness, I’m thrilled that Rev3 Quassy will be my first 70.3 distance race because I really admire their philosophy. I’m a big fan of the sentiment behind the Rev3 brand; finding a balance between triathlon and family, and celebrating being active in the process. Whether you’re a runner, walker, a triathlete, or someone who just likes to sweat, we all know how hard it is to balance our busy lives with fitness.

Sometimes you even have to do a 20 mile run on a work trip. Poor us.

Sometimes you even have to do a 20 mile run on a work trip. Poor us.

I love the fact that they have a partnership with Pilot Flying J (which is a chain of “travel centers” like truck stops) called Truckers to Triathletes. I’m originally from Iowa, and although I have a great deal of pride in my home state, the obesity rate is 29%, an alarming number that I hope to see decrease in the near future.

This is a tractor and is not at all related, but you get the idea. Iowa. Farming. Truckers.

This is a tractor and is not at all related, but you get the idea. Iowa. Farming. Truckers.

Truckers to Triathletes is a wonderful way to connect with those in an occupation where, as it says on the Rev website, “50% are considered obese”. I mean, Iowa does have the World’s Largest Truck Stop and all.

Feel free to take a tour - us Iowans are nice people, we'll show you around!


It’s great to see brands making a difference and focusing on real people and relatable stories. I’m thrilled to support a company I genuinely care about and appreciate…even if they are going to indirectly cause me a great deal of pain and soreness 65 days from now. Guess I better go work on hills!

Fill me in: what brand have you had a good experience with? Ever participated in a Rev3 race? How do you ease your raceday jitters?

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  1. March 28, 2013 / 3:50 pm

    Truckers to Triathletes — HOW COOL!!

    And canoeing in a triathlon?! That’s even more awesome. If I ever learn how to swim, I’m adding triathlons to my bucket list! :)

    • March 28, 2013 / 10:22 pm

      I know, right?! Can I teach you how to swim so you can join me in triathlons, pretty please?!?!

  2. March 29, 2013 / 12:28 am

    I love Rev3…they are awesome! We have AA sports here in the Pacific NW and they have the monopoly on all of the races! I like to call them AA shit sports. That is how I feel about them! :( Ironman puts on a good race too!
    I train hard so on race day I am typically not nervous on race day. I am organized the week leading into the race so I don’t have to worry about last minute things!! I know that I will do well. If something goes wrong it is probably out of my control so I just take a couple deep breaths. Training is the hard part and the race is the fun part!!

    • March 29, 2013 / 8:06 am

      I hope I can be as calm as you :) I’m always just afraid of injury (or crashing, or drowning under the sea of other competitiors, haha). I still don’t trust my body to not get hurt when I exert myself a little more, I seem to be having trouble with that lately! :( I don’t really get nervous for running races at all, but I know I will be for the Rev3!!

      • March 29, 2013 / 1:07 pm

        Since Quassy will be your first 70.3…think of it as a long training day for LP!! It is an exciting event especially since it will be your first…you just have to take it all in and try not to think about drowning or crashing!! :) Just keep training as you are and u will be ready!!

  3. March 29, 2013 / 1:51 pm

    Good luck with your training for Quassy. Be prepared for LOTS of hills. Both on the bike and the run. Some extra leg strength workouts wouldn’t hurt. But most of all, have fun! Quassy is a very special place.

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