REV3 Cedar Point Full Aquabike!
- CLOSE parking in Amusement parking lot
- Awesome "hooks" for your transition bags
- NO long lines for bike support or port-a-potties
- Felt calm and ready!
- Swim was relatively CALM and the temperature was perfect...really happy about that because the waves the day before were BRUTAL
- First loop went OK @ 44 minutes...slow, but what I expected since my swim training was pretty nonexistent! Water felt great!
- 2nd loop was a little rough...2.4 miles is a long way to go when you don't swim much. I also had some trouble siting the buoys, and the water got a little choppier.
- Swim Time: 1:35:11
- PUMPED to ride
- The course felt like home - lots of wind, mostly flat with a some little rollers.
- All I had was a watch and heart rate monitor, since Winston had chewed up my Garmin. No speed. After the first 10 miles, I wanted to keep my HR above 160.
- Road quality getting out of town was so-so, nothing too scary, then the country roads were AMAZING!
- Not too crowded, but enough people were around for company and some competition
- Saw Trakkers teammies ROCKIN the full and half courses!
- Felt strong first 40 miles
- Miles 45-60 my legs felt good, but my head was NOT. I was tired and NOT in the game. I suspected that it had to do with Nutrition - I had eaten breakfast 2 hours before the swim, then not taken in any calories until 1 hour AFTER the swim... even on a NON-exercise day that is long time to go without eating! My original plan was to get some Liquid Shot right when I got on the bike... but forgot. I felt fine at mile 20 and 40 ("Shot" times) so I didn't worry about it - definitely caught up to me!
- During that "low", I alternated between a little bit of liquid shot and my solid food snacks every 15 minutes and by mile 60 I was back in the game.
- Nutrition was solid, except for forgetting the Liquid shot after the swim. finished 1/2 bottle of First Endurance EFS Lemon Lime and 1/2 bottle with 2 NUUN tablets every hour, and took a swig from First Endurance Liquid Shot every 45 minutes. I had Vanilla Liquid Shot (my FAVORITE- so delicious) and the new Berry (it was good, but I prefer Vanilla). From training I've also learned that I get hungry between miles 50-70, so I also take along a small serving of combos and beef jerky on long rides :)
- I'm really glad I trained in the wind, as it seemed like most people were crawling during the headwind portions of the course!
- The last 10 miles back to town were BRUTAL for me- so close, yet so far. All headwind and not many people around. I had to dig DEEP for this one!
- My plan was to get my HR above 170 for this part, since this was the end of my race- no running afterward. Which I pretty much accomplished.
- The last 3-5 miles on that road along the coast was very pretty, but the hardest part for me. Brutal wind, HR above 180, and the road wasn't great. I was doing everything I could to keep myself together. Head down and hammering. But then I hit a little pothole and I felt like my brain got jolted. I started CRYING. I've been known to cry during high-intensity workouts and races (5K's, intervals, etc.) and this race was no exception. I'm so WEIRD!!
- FINALLY, the road curved and there was the parking lot for the amusement park- YEEESSS!!!
- Bike Split: 5:48:49 PR for 112 miles!
- Despite the wind and not having a speedometer, my speed and effort was pretty consistent throughout the ride!
- Pretty happy with that!
- The finish for the half and full racers was AMAZING- in the amusement park, big crowds, awesome announcer, and your picture on the JUMBOTRON...SOO Cool!
- Unfortunately, my "Aquabike" race was sort of anticlimatic... When I rolled into T2, I was happy to be done. The awesome volunteers were with me right away, which was great, but they didn't realize I was just doing the Aquabike- I wasn't going to run. They thought I was quitting! "Just give it a couple miles!" "You can do it, you look so strong!" LoL....awww thanks for the encouragement anyway!
- Annnndddd that was it. Great workout!!
- I am a big fan of the full aquabike. I wish that there were more around - it would be a GREAT workout leading up to an Ironman! Nothing like a 112 mile TT to get you stronger on the bike.
- Lots of intense and focused physical efforts, but very little pounding. Makes for some fast and effective recovery. I PR'ed at my local weekly 20K Time Trial the week after!!
- I LOVED the REV3 race and the atmosphere. All the big-race benefits (state of the art timing, GREAT swag, great course) with a small-race feel!
Most of my Trakkers teammies have race reports from Cedar Point as well as Knoxville and Quassy - check out their blogs too!