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.
The last two weeks of training weren’t superb. I hit a bit of a wall (mostly mentally, maybe a little bit physically), and as such ended up with some unexpected days off in the middle of my first week back from Jerseyman. That was followed by the week leading up to Quassy, and while not having any kind of drastic taper, the volume was still down, obviously. I’d say that I’m pleased with my result at Quassy – I’m still new to this game, so anytime I end up on the podium, I’m gonna be happy. Those recaps are also being written right now (Bassman, Jerseyman, Quassy — SHEESH), and will go up shortly this week. PROMISE.
On a completely unrelated note, I share this only because playoff hockey is awesome, and seeing Sid the Kid get thrown around like a rag doll is also awesome. While the Rangers may have been bounced already, this is still a pretty cool hype video (h/t Deadspin)
It’s finally race season, and the video above accurately depicts how fucking stoked I feel about it! With two races under my belt since my last update, I suppose it’s time that I update this thing again. So, what’s the excuse this time? Well, lack of time, I suppose. [insert long paragraph here about all of my time commitments]. Regardless, I need to get back on the weekly grind of doing this. Some of the highlights of the past couple of weeks include:
Two races, two podiums
Winning a cash prize at one race
Getting to race in my Wattie Ink. kit for the first time
Throwing down some nasty swim and run PRs
Receiving my Blueseventy Helix wetsuit just in time for my first race (see above)
Seeing my BFFs in Worcester and seeing HCMR race well at Eastern Sprints
Seeing my brother’s last collegiate race in Philly
Starting GMAT prep classes (Austin here I come!)
having a work assignment be “order a giant ass check”