Race Schedule and Results

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

REV3 Anderson

I love meeting someone online and totally clicking in person.  It happened with my hubby.  It's happened with just about all of my friends from the blogging world (I honestly can't say that I've met anyone that I didn't like.  Okay.  Maybe one or two. hehe)  This weekend I got to meet a whole slew of wonderful people.  And hang out with my team.  And race as part a relay.  Sounds like a trifecta perfect weekend, right?

Friday afternoon, Alisa flew in from Portland.  I was so stinking excited to meet her as we've been blogging/email/team friends for a few years now.  From what I knew of her, I'd love her.  And I was right!  She is awesome.  Anyway, she flew in Friday and we spent the whole day/night gabbing.  We hit up  my favorite Mexican joint for dinner and then crashed hard around 9:30 at night. 

Saturday we were kind of lazy in the morning, but hit the road for Anderson around 9am.  I promised Alisa that we'd stop for some caffeine and I introduced her to our Quick Trip Gas Station... mmm... full coffee bar and doughnut bunches. :)  She was either going to love me for introducing her to all this yumminess, or absolutely hate me for the crap that I was going to make her eat!!!  The drive was quick - straight up 85 and before we knew it we were at the expo. 

And it was freezing.  Like 15 degrees cooler than it was when we left Atlanta.  Yikes.

I was signed up to race the half, was planning on switching to the olympic, and then Alisa talked to her relay team and they realized that with some switching around of teammates, there was an opening for the bike portion of their half relay.  I jumped on it (because the whole tri thing hasn't been doing it for me lately).  I'd never done a relay and it would be with my teammates so that was awesome. 

At the expo, I got to meet Chloe, Robin, Alex, and TimKati, Carole, Laura, Charlie and the REV3 family was there too so it's super fun going to a race and knowing a ton of people.  We got a quick team picture and then got checked in. 

We took a quick trip over to T1 and the swim start so that Alisa could get a practice swim and I could get my bike checked in. 

Then it was on to introducing Alisa to the wonderfulness that is Chick-fil-a. :)  I told you, she's either going to love me or hate me.  I think she loved me! :)

That afternoon and evening was pretty low key.  We laid around and watched Too Cute on the animal planet (have you see this?  Holy heck it's awesome).  We went to Target for some homemade arm warmers, we went to dinner (where we got to see Andy and Jill too), we found out that our hotel had awesome cookies in the lobby for us.  It was great, but we were super tired and ready to crash early.

Sunday morning we woke up and both of us were exhausted.  Luckily we each had only one leg to race. :)

Alisa did AMAZING in the swim.  She's awesome like that.  My leg, the 56 mile bike was good.  I took it slow, as I haven't been doing a lot of fast training.  And I won't lie, it was hilly.  For some reason my IT band was screaming at me throughout the ride which is weird because I haven't had much of that lately.  The whole time, it was kind of odd, knowing that I was only biking.  I wasn't soaking wet on my bike when I started (God bless all the people that were because it was freezing) and I knew that I didn't have to get off and run.  And that was good.  I wasn't feeling amazing.  I got to T2 and Alex was waiting for me to get the time chip and take off.  I politely informed him that I hadn't peed on my bike so the chip was clean for him, which he, and all of the spectators got quiet a kick out of.  And with that, my race was done.  I hit the potties, got changed, put my bike away and Alisa and I beelined it for the postrace grub.  We had some time to kill before Alex would be in.
Right about 5:50 race time, Alex popped around the corner.  Alisa and I were excited to run in with him as a team, but he took off.  Our finish picture is going to be classic.  He's ahead of us, she and I are looking at each other like "what the heck" and my tri top was riding up so I pulled it down.  Lovely.  The finisher swag was, as always, amazing! :)
Overall, it was an amazing weekend.  REV3 put on another amazing race... it'll be on my calendar for next year for sure.  I loved meeting new teammates, and seeing those that I already knew.  I loved all of the laughs.  But like all good things, it had to come to an end too quickly. :(

So one last thing... can you keep this little guy in your thoughts?  Things have been a bit rough lately and our little guy is showing his age quickly. :( 



Can't wait to see that finisher photo! Congrats of the race! I was tracking you the whole time!

Kristin Deaton said...

Always keep buddy in my thoughts. I'm sad I wasn't able to make it down/over. Sounds like it was a blast!!

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a great weekend!

Carolina John said...

Awesome! that's supposed to be a great course with a hilly bike ride. I still have to think that the best part has to be hanging out with Alisa! Really dissapointed I couldn't make it down there to cheer you guys on. next year.

Steve said...

Glad you had a great weekend Colleen, sounds like a lot of fun. A lot of good eating too. ;)

Wish the best for your puppies. :) We got an oldie too. She is a sweetie, except she licks me too much when I get home. I have just been licked to death. AGAIN... :)

misszippy said...

Relays are so much fun. Glad you had a good one--I keep hearing so many positive things about Rev3 events!

And I feel for you with the pup. Ours is 14 and declining pretty fast. It's SO hard, isn't it?

Matthew Smith said...

The more I hear about relays, the more I want to do one...the bike, that is! I'm glad you got to do it with a bunch of friends. That's a cool medal!!!

We're still praying for Buddy! I hope he keeps hanging in there. :(

Unknown said...

so glad you had fun. I cannot believe I have not met you IRL yet! uggh.

I really wish I could have been there...we are so lucky to have such amazing peeps with Rev3!!


Alisa said...

Yeah I pretty loved the whole weekend including all the crap food. However, my body is probably happy that I am back to salads and sweet potatoes :).

It was so awesome to meet you FINALLY! and your hubby and BUDDY and Charleigh too.

I am thinking of the cute little guy, despite not being able to pet him I still think he is a sweetheart (just maybe not to strangers hehe). Give him a hug for me and some chicken or bacon :).

Karen said...

You had the perfect weekend! (Side note - we might be related - hello - doughnut bunches at QT holy yum...). Glad the relay thing worked out, it sounds much more fun :). I must see the relay pic!

miami said...

Grateful you had a excellent one--I keep listening to so many excellent factors about Rev3 events!
Miam Jeep

Anne-Marie said...

That sounds like a really fun race weekend and the relay sounds like a blast!

Hope your doggie is doing better... it's so tough when they're getting older :(

Ironman By Thirty said...

Hang in there Buddy! We are all praying for you!

Great job at your race. Just going out and having fun is the way to do it. Makes the whole experience a party.

adena said...

Sending love to the little guy. xoxo

Great race report, can't wait to finally meet you in person!! 326(ish) days to go!! ;-)

Heidi Austin, PT, DPT said...

congrats on your relay and will def keep the lil buy in my prayers. :(

Maggie said...

It was SO great meeting you and awesome job on the bike! What an fun relay team! :)

Molly said...

what a fantastic weekend!! I'm planning a relay for April and I'm already looking forward to it. Love your puppy dog : )