Well, I’m getting this up less than 7 days after the race, which unfortunately isn’t really a good thing because (in this case) I’m trying to capture my recollections surrounding the race, wash my hands of it, and move on to the next race, which is TBD. My teammate Chris Hague, who stayed with me in Syracuse, had a far better day than I, winning 20-24 AG by almost 30 minutes and punching his Vegas ticket. You can read his RR here, but more importantly, read his “Prelude to a Race Report” to understand how I intend to write my report. Obviously, its a bit easier to write a RR when things went well, and harder when you didn’t race well. But I will press on.
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.
Lead up: The race was two weeks after Bassman, but it was a long sprint/short international distance race (.6mi, 20mi, 4mi), so it wasn’t going to be very taxing on the body. More importantly, it had two things that made it awesome: 1. it was being held in my hometown (nothing ever happens in my hometown). The bike course went past my elementary school and some of the houses of my best friends, and the swim and run happened in a facility that I had camped in when I was a kid. 2. it had a unique race category called “Battle of the Sexes.” For those entered, the women were given a 10 minute head start at the swim, and then the men began to chase them down, and the first 5 individuals across the finish line won cash: $1000 split: $500, $250, $150, $75, $25. So with money on my mind, I drove up with a friend on Friday evening, and slept in my bed at my parent’s house.
So after my last post about being tired and lazy about posting, I followed up by not even posting for the following week. The good news is I get two weeks of stuff to post, which hopefully means I have at least one interesting story to share (and I do!). Race season kind of sort of finally started, with an individual time trial at the end of the first week, and then a swim meet all day Saturday and Sunday this past weekend. As such, my numbers look a bit down, but thats okay.
S: 14,250 yarters, 350′
B: 166.34mi, 540′
R: 39mi, 325′
S: 10,750 yarters plus a bunch more warming up/cooling down, 187′ plus a lot more
B: 66.63mi, 210′
R: 37.74mi, 316′
Writing this Monday morning, and I feel like my brain has completely turned to mush after a relaxing 36 hours of time off. Having completed this week of running, I have now run 24 out of the past 28 days – and while I don’t normally track these things, that is definitely the most running I have ever done. As they say in Surrender Town, I am le tired. Backing off a little bit and getting some rest in while getting ready to rock Bassman!