|(my head got cut off a little but I'm peeing in the pool after my race)|
Ya gotta love the Rev3 Green Screen!!
Going into this race, I felt less than fit....actually, I sorta took a "less is more" approach and was still licking my wounds from Texas. Ya, that race messed with my head pretty hard! This was my first Rev3 race of the year, and it was really nice to see all my teammates and the staff--many who I hadn't seen since our summit at the beginning of the year.
I headed up early to Wisconsin Dells, WI to get help out a little with the set up of the race and get very familiar with the course. Last year, I worked timing for this race, so I had a general idea of the course (hilly, with more hills sprinkled in) but driving is much different than actually riding or running it. While on a pre race training ride a few days before I ran into the local race director & Rev3 race director out on the course, while they were setting up. I told them I thought the olympic bike course seemed pretty nice...to which they replied, "Oilar, you're on the half run course." Guess all my land nav skills from the Marines went away!?!?
Heading up a few days before is something I really like to do! It helps me relax, focus a bit on the race, and chill with my peeps. Ron, Summer, David, & Jeff (Susan came later-she raced USAT Nationals the day before-stud!) where all there so, we were able to hang a for a while, which always seems to help calm the nerves.
My race was actually pretty good! Not feeling very fit, I wasn't sure how well I was going to do, but knew that I would give it everything I had. I ended up 13th overall and 1st in AG, which was quite a shocker (no, not that kind of shocker Andrus). While swimming, I had Jimmy Buffett stuck in my head, so maybe that was the key that unlocked the race for me?? After I finished, I did another 30min run to add more volume (I'm trying to get back into shape), then headed out to volunteer.
This is where the *important* stuff happened! While Carole and I went around checking on the aid stations on the run course (THANK YOU VOLUNTEERS!) we came across Robert, the final finisher. He was just about at the 6 mile mark of the 13.1mile run of the half Rev and seemed to be struggling. Carole and I chatted about him for a bit and decided we should check on him and encourage him....do anything we could to help him reach that finish line. This ended up being about a 7mile walk for us, as we decided we should probably walk with him, give encouraging words, talk, etc. anything we could do to help him achieve his goal!
During our walk, Robert kept using words like epic and drive. He had lost over 100 pounds and had wanted to do this race for over a year. It was wonderful hearing his story and being apart of his successful journey to the finish line!! Well done Robert! Check him out on the AG recap video--truly an inspiration! You might even get a glimpse of me walking with him :-)
Thank you, Rev3, Reynolds Wheels, QR, Powerbar, Compex, Norma Tec, Biotta Juices, Rudy Project, Morris Trucking, ISU Physical Therapy and Sport Rehab, Blueseventy, QT2,and Pearl Izumi for your continued support!