Pre-Race: Quassy had been on my schedule all season long for numerous reasons. First, it would be three weeks before Syracuse, and offered a similar course profile (albeit shorter). Second, I really wanted to do a Revolution 3 race after hearing such great things about their company. Third, it was an official Wattie Ink East Coast event; Heather Jackson would be racing, which meant Wattie would be in attendance, and I couldn’t turn down an opportunity to meet them both, as well as a number of my teammates, especially at a race only a few hours away by car.
I drove up to Connecticut on Thursday, and then Friday went over to the course and got checked in, drove the bike course, and racked my bike. The course was rolling hills and climbs and descents, and I was excited about it as a chance to really push my competitors. I got a chance to briefly meet 2 teammates, Dave & Chris, and then went back to Danbury to have dinner and rest.
In the morning I drove over, finalized my bike prep, and then headed down to the swim start. I jumped in the water to quickly check the temperature and get a brief warmup in, and then got to the front of my group for when they called us.
Swim: The swim was a triangle shape, with the finish line 20 meters to the right of the start line. At the horn, I got a couple of dolphin dives in and took off to the first buoy. I noticed that there were some people keeping pace with me, but figured that was reasonable given the quality of the competition. By the first turn buoy I had found some feet to sit on, another athlete wearing a blueseventy Helix. Once we hit the turn, however, things got messy. We were swimming directly into the sun, and my efforts of sighting proved useless. On top of that, we were now catching up to the waves in front of us, so I really wasn’t having any luck trying to swim straight. I ultimately figured I’d just keep swimming in the general direction of the crowd, and waved in and out whenever I swam up on someone. If you look at my Garmin data, the map shows a pretty zig-zagged middle line. Finally, I spotted the turn buoy right as we were approaching it, then turned and started swimming back to shore. Came out of the water into transition and sprinted to my bike.
21:02, 5th AG, 9th OA, Garmin data here.
Stuff: blueseventy Helix, Aquasphere Kayenne goggles.
T1: Nothing to report, thats good.
Bike: Came out of transition ready to haul ass and start moving back into the field. Quickly got a Powerbar gel and some water down, and after a few rollers, started going uphill for about 10 miles. I caught a couple of guys in my race, but I wasn’t really sure what place I was in, so I focused more on my watts than on catching people. That being said, I don’t think anyone passed me, so that was good. After hitting the end of the climb, I had a real nice portion of downhill riding, so it gave me a chance to rest my legs a little after some hard riding. By this point I wasn’t seeing anyone at all, so I figured I only had a handful of people in front of me. I definitely came in too hot coming into the park, and my rear wheel locked up when I realized I wasn’t going to make the turn, but fortunately I controlled the skid, and despite swerving into the run path, I managed to stay up right and get to the dismount point, which I was also coming in too fast for. Oh well, lesson learned I suppose.
01:09:23, 3rd AG, 4th fastest bike split, Garmin data here.
Stuff: Trek SC 9.9, Quarq, Zipp 808/Sub 9, Zipp Tangente tubulars, ISM Breakaway, speedfil A2, Powerbar gels, Rudy Project Wingspan, Edge 500
T2: I was a little worried I might be in trouble for my speed coming into transition, but I racked my bike quickly and threw on my shoes. The announcer gave me a shoutout for the Wattie kit and told me another 25-29 guy had just come in, who I now assume is Dan Theleen, the kid that ended up coming in 2nd OA. I came flying out of transition, almost wiping out around the sharp turn exiting the area.
Run: The first two miles were pleasant enough, in shade, flat or going downhill. I caught one guy quickly, but he wasn’t in my AG so it didn’t do me much good. I felt good for the first two miles, but I knew that feeling was short lived because the course had been described as easy for two, miserable for two, and not fun for two. After the easy portion, we hit a turnaround point then immediately started climbing, and continued doing so, pretty continuously, for the next two miles. Along the way, I was passed by a guy in a Breakaway Bikes kit, Patrick McKeon, who would end up winning our AG. Once we got to mile 4, it was downhill for a mile, before one last mile of gradual climbing. I got passed by one other guy in our AG, but finally made it to the top of the last hill and hit the finish line. Sean English gave me another shout-out for my kit, and I got some cheers from a couple of teammates that were spectating.
45:19, Garmin data here.
Stuff: KSwiss Kwicky Blade Lights, Oakley M-Frame, Powerbar gels, Garmin 910xt
da end: 2:17:50, 5th AG, 12th OA.
After the race, I got a chance to meet a lot of teammates, and hung out for a bit and ate until the awards ceremony. While I was 5th in my AG, the top 2 guys went 1-2 overall, so they moved out, meaning I got 3rd in my AG (kind of). The 3rd OA finisher was Bill Robertson, another Accelerate3 athlete. Very cool guy and it was great to meet him and talk about his schedule for the rest of the year.
That afternoon, we did a Wattie Ink photo-shoot (below) which basically consisted of a bunch of grownups acting like goofballs in a variety of backdrops. Sunday consisted of cheering for the team all day, and below is a YouTube clip from the day.
As always, a big thank you to the folks that help me make this happen: Wattie Ink., and the team sponsors: KSwiss, blueseventy, Powerbar, ISM, and Speedfil, my coach Brian from Accelerate3, Greater > Than for help in recovery and looking fly, and Philly Bikesmith for all my bike maintenance and care!
Rev3 put on a fantastic event, and I’m definitely looking forward to doing more of their events in the future! The competition was great and the atmosphere was super festive.
Until next time!