I really, really want to make it to the Quassy starting line feeling strong. I want to smile and wave to my friends and family as I bike and run past them. When they ask me how I feel, I want to say “EFFING AWESOME”. When I drag myself out of the water, I want to be able to stand up straight and hop right on my bike…and not forget where I actually put my bike. (Apparently people sometimes get dizzy and disoriented from standing up so quickly after being horizontal for so long. This happens to me when I stand up too quickly at work, which doesn’t exactly bode well for me.) At least I know I’ll be safe; Rev3 has recently been making huge strides in regards to swimming safety; I just found this article about their new swim safety initiative , stating:
REV3 will be prioritizing the recruitment of open water professionals for safety on the water, over certified pool lifeguards. The swim coordinator is also taking additional training and getting certifications for open water training. All other staff is also receiving enhanced training.
“Being proactive is a key in this growing sport. We are working with local cardiologists at each event to try and offer heart screening leading up to the event and during the expo,” Patten added. “Knowing about pre-existing conditions is key. If negative results are found, those athletes who feel the need to withdraw will be given a 100% refund.”
I don’t need to tell you why this is great. Always good to know that I have professionals looking after me in the water. I’m always saying I’ll be fine in open water, I grew up swimming in lakes, blah blah blah, but triathlons are just a whole different story. So many people flapping around near you. Pressure from the clock. Yikes.
They also go on to say that they’ll be holding a swim clinic the day before their races to go over special open water swimming tactics. Yeah, most people should be familiar with open water swimming before trying a 70.3 triathlon, but I think it will be helpful to hear from a professional…in easing the jitters at the very least. Speaking of which, I definitely need to find somewhere to try out my new wetsuit in open water before June 2nd. (Anyone have any ideas?!)
As I mentioned, on my run today I was thinking about what I’m looking forward to most during the Rev3Quassy. Here’s what I was daydreaming about:
1. Again, seeing my friends and having a smile on my face. Being able to say I feel strong.
This strong. This happy!
2. Dominating those hills. I know they’re coming and I plan to be overly prepared for them. I ain’t scared!
3. Running a half marathon again. Running double digit mileage again.
4. Swimming my longest race distance. Swimming in a wetsuit. Not drowning. (Always on my list.)
Not to be confused with bed swimming.
5. Starting with some of my Team In Training teammates. Being a part of a team.
The IronTeam is Boston Strong!
6. Finally seeing what all the fuss is about when it comes to Rev3 events . Everyone has nothing but positive things to say about how well their events are run…I’m pumped to be a part of it!
7. The freakin’ glow run + outdoor movie on Friday night. Best thing ever? I think probably!
8. Finishing. Celebrating. Being there with my friends. Cheering. Lots of smiles and high fives.
9. Lots of hard work. Putting it all out there on the course. Proving I can do it.
10. Not a lot of travel for such a big event. Sleeping in my own bed that night. (What? I love sleeping!)
A well rested Kara is a happy Kara!
What’s your favorite thing about racing?