This past weekend I traveled to Anderson, SC with my good friend and training partner, Hayley Parker. We had trained together for the past few months for the Half Ironman but I have been fighting plantar fascitis and decided to do the Olympic. This was her first Half since her bike accident three years ago.
It was beautiful weather for the race, 60’s and cloudy. The water temp was 76 degrees so it was wetsuit legal. There are two transition areas in this race, which makes it logistically tricky but the Rev 3 people are very organized and it worked out great. I watched Hayley go off in her wave, and mine was the last one. The swim was well marked with 8 buoys and I felt pretty good, coming out in third place for the women. There were alot of waves ahead of me to swim through.
The bike was a challenging, hilly course and I was passing alot of people. I felt good and tried to go as fast as I could on the downhills and flats, of which there were not many. I averaged 22 miles per hour and was in second place off the bike.
The run was not as hilly as I expected, some long inclines but I felt strong, my first mile was 7:00 so I told myself to ease off a little. The support at the aid stations was great and there was one every mile. My foot was sore but not to the point of running on my toes. I ended up running 44 minutes, 2nd place overall with a 2:21. I was happy with that and went out on the course to cheer in Hayley. I had heard the Rev 3 races were well organized and family friendly and I was not disappointed. I would look forward to racing another one in the near future.