Rev 3 Cedar Point! Woohoooo! I was pretty stoked to be doing this race because I am from Ohio and it was one of the first races where I really got to know the Rev3 squad years ago. Overall - stoked be going there!
Years ago I raced the whole trifecta - Knox, Quassy Cedar Point as a way of getting in shape and trying something new. I was a big guy currently working in the tile and granite world so I just would make sure I had the weekends open and take it for a whirl! Knox was an olympic - fun. Quassy was a hilly half - no worries. Cedar Point was going to be a new distance record for all three sports for me. The longest I did training and racing was Quassy! So I figured it's only twice as long so why not! My body only made it to the halfway point of the run and I sat down and cramped beyond belief! Coming back this year with a stronger mind has me stoked beyond belief!
I like to think of myself as a non traditional triathlete. I love to swim, bike and run but I don't really put in the specific training. I believe in an active lifestyle and a strong mind. With those you can accomplish amazing feats! If you want to learn more about my training keep your eyes and ears open for some righteousness in southern Colorado. RIght now I will let you in on one secret - Garbage Fit. It will change your life!
Let me run through the beginning real quick. I was out in Denver, CO unloading pallets of stones and fossils from Madagascar for a buddy who is doing the Rock and Gem and Fossil show out there. I spent Thursday and Friday lifting heavy objects and drinking a little bit of beer. Saturday at 1am I have a flight so I can get back to Cleveland then over to Sandusky to find Michelle Kennedy who was letting me borrow her husband's bike for the race! Super long day of travel and a miscommunication of when I can score a pick up from the airport in Cleveland left me beat already! There was a storm brewing through the area so people could check their bikes in the morning which was perfect and it worked for Michelle too! Pow! All i have to do is get up and 330am and drive from my mom's house over to Cedar Point find Michelle in transition and borrow her bike and do a quick race! I got this! All was going smooth so far and I felt great!
It was so great seeing all of the righteous people on the team! Great people always with big smiles! Love it! Here is all of us coming out of the swim which was fun! It was a nice marina swim - real nice loop out and around. I felt pretty good moving my arms and such, the only thing was my goggles started hurting my big nose halfway through the second lap. I was almost done so no worries! And as you can see from the photo smiling means doing good! Also smiling because i saw my amazing friend Tanya Dvorsky who I met the first time I was at Cedar Point! She cheered me on and was there the whole day!
Nice little run from the marina to transition and I was getting suited up for my bike ride. Legit out fit because why not!?
I feel like this will be the new trend in the upcoming years! Sweet hair of course, classic jean shorts, wicked awesome jean headband, cool ace helmet that is vibrant which matches the epic socks and some gas station Puggs shades!
It's all about feeling good! I feel good upside down so I dropped a headstand in transition before slamming an energy drink and went out on the super sweet bike! Thanks again Michelle! That bike rocked!
If you thought i was kidding, here is evidence! It was a fun bike ride. I met a lot of people through out and hopefully made them smile. My oh my were the volunteers super awesome out there. I only had one water bottle with me so I just stopped at the aid stations and filled up my bottle. It was great talking to everyone and since it was two loops, i kind of got to know everyone! I feel like the jean shorts got them stoked to see me even more. I like to thank them and high five quite a bit. I would thank all the police officers as I went through the intersections and they cheer me on as I went through.
So I forgot to put any nutrition in my kit for the first part of the bike but it's only 56 miles so I should be good. I grabbed a PowerGel at one of the aid stations as a just in case type of scenario. As I was going down one road I heard a few beeps and it was the man Charlie Patten himself! He was out in front of the half leader. I asked him if he had any food in there and he didn't but he did pass out $4 out the window! I was set for a pitstop! In Axtel a small little town before a left hand turn I saw a nice convenient store so i stopped. I walked in to a few stares then this one dude was like "dude are you doing the race?!' We chatted for a minute and since I was there too early the chicken tenders were not done yet so I settled with a chocolate Zico coconut water with promise that i will be back on the second loop! Super lifesaver because I was hungry and thirsty! Luckily I was just around the corner from the special needs area and had my Epic bars of bison meat in it and some Stinger waffles and a PowerBar Simple fruit! It was like a feast. I smashed an Epic bar and popped a Nuun in my bottle and was off. I was like super charged and took off with calories in me. Second loop was fun meeting some fun people along the way including a girl named Jen who we had been swapping spots for a while. She was fun to talk to as we headed out on a windy section of the bike. I feel like I made her laugh which made me smile. She took off as I stopped to see if my chicken tenders were ready in Axtel convenient store! It was! The most delicious pitstop and the lady donated to my race some jo jo's which were like cajun potatoes. With some warm food in me I felt good and cruised. My back started feeling a bit sore because I haven't bike a hundo in a while so I sat up and airplaned it quite a bit. Felt good doing that. Soon enough I was seeing the coasters and coming in transition! Great bike now off to the run!
Hopped into transition and grabbed my bag. Felt good to get those shoes off and put on my Luna Sandals! It's like freedom for you feet and the best around. Volunteer in the tent hooked me up with some lube because i rubbed a bit on my wetsuit and it was burning a bit. Lubed up and luna'd out I hit the road. The amazing Meg Shipman was right there in the first part of the run for a big hug and a blast of energy!
I felt good for the run! I just cruised at an easy pace and ran in the gravel or grass when i could to avoid the pavement. The volunteers were incredible the whole way! They cheered me on every time and I think they liked my outfit too!
The run course was fun and I liked the loops. It made it easy to see everyone and made it fly by!
Some of my favorite volunteers on the first loop! They were the best!
You know you have an amazing team with epic members when they ask if you need anything and you shout out chicken tenders and sure enough on 10 minutes later a box from Dairy Queen is shoved out the window of their car! I grabbed all I could and shoved them in my back pocket and nibbled on them as i ran. Starting the third loop this dude from the corner bar came scooting over on a bike with a full pizza! Offered me a piece and I could not say no! It was the best pepperoni ever! Grabbed a coke at the next aid station to wash it down. Man I was feeling good!
Loved seeing Laura Mount out there! She gave me a boost of energy and an amaaaaaazzzzing hug! Pura Vida!
The Duo of Dudeness
Almost ready to head back to the finish so..... why not stop in for a beer! Best team ever for grabbing me a beer! IT hit the spot. I wish i could have a few more but i better head back! Just around the corner from the bar was the Cleveland Tri Club house that they rented! They always cheered me on, gave me some beer, and this time managed to kiss some pretty girls and get a bit of Tequila!!! Cleveland Tri Club is righteous! Huge props to you guys for being out there! You all made my day passing by and talking with you all! Pura Vida! Thanks for the energy! After I left their house in just a few minutes I made it to the aid station where they were handing out bands to count your loops and the amazing volunteers there had saved piece of pizza for me!!!! That is awesome!! This is how a race experience should be! Keeping in real and enjoying the race while still actually doing the race!
There were a few events that happened that changed the end of the race a bit short but I tried to keep a positive attitude. I don't wear watches for time or distance, I just enjoy where i am. The race was over and I was cool with that and all i could do is make sure that everyone else is doing good. Helping give out drinks and chicken broth, a nice back massage (message me for appointments) running with people so they could get their final 140.6 distance, gathering people for the shuttle and make sure everyone is cool. Making people smile is what I like to do, spread the love.
After all the craziness, it was finish time. I was just standing there talking to Opdyke and crew and they asked if I wanted to finish and I was like yea ok but we all finish - in a cool deep voice. And with that said we all held hands and frolicked down the finish line and at the last minute did a synchronized somersault to a high kick! It was an epic finish to an epic day! Thanks to each and everyone out there volunteering and cheering! Thanks to Rev3 for another amazing race and the Team for being super righteous!
Pura Vida! Mucho Amor!!!!
Just wanted to give a huge shout out to Team Rev3 for being righteous, Cleveland Tri Club for being some of the craziest and most awesome people out on the course, all the volunteers for keeping a smile on my face and for laughing at my jokes, SBRSportInc for having the lube, Powerbar for keeping the stations stocked, Quarq for rocking the actual in the moment timing, WaitteInk for the righteous kits (we need to talk about a jean short edition), Rev3 for making magic once again and finally all of my friends and new friends I met throughout the day and made smile! I hope everyone can enjoy a race as much as I did at Cedar Point! It was a game changer for sure! Pura Vida!!!!!!