This Quassy Rev3 race report will be shorter than expected as I had to pull out in the first K of the bike with hypothermia.
The water was cold (apparently 69, where the wetsuit cutoff is 68) but I think my main mistake was to do a -swim warm-up- before the race. I felt cold just walking to the water in my speedsuit and should have listened to the little voice in my head saying I should just forget the warm-up and keep warm before the gun went off (Next time, I should have brought my wetsuit down to the water and warmed up in it, then taken it off for the race). But some of us were going in and part of me didn’t want to start the race by -wimping out- on cold water before the race even started, so I went into the water and….warmed…up. I stood on the start line trying to control my shivering but confident I would be fine once I got going with a strong effort. I had always done well in cold races so far. Actualy, my best races ever were in cold weather. It was strange to me already as it didn’t seem anyone else was shivering like that. I eliminated those thoughts and focused. The gun went off and I went for it, it felt good (even though, someone tried to beat me up underwater at the start of the swim! WHO WAS THAT HEY??? I’ll get you next time!!! grrrr). So I was just going strong and feeling FIT! But colder….and colder…when I reached mid-swim, I started feeling a little too cold and I remember at the last turn-buoy, I was really VERY cold and actualy getting a little worried. At that point, I lost the feet I was on since the beginning and I got passed by a train of about 5 girls. At that point, it felt like I was going harder and harder but was going NO WHERE. I knew something was wrong. As I stood out of the water, I tried to get rid of the -UH OH- thought, it was obvious that things were just going to get colder now that I was out of the water. I grabbed my bike in transition and got on….well…I looked like it was my first transition ever, I had trouble getting onto my bike because I was quite tight and shivery. I got going and the shivers got worst as I went faster on the bike heading down the first long stretch. I could not get myself to pedal hard, legs just weren’t doing it. I gave it a few tries and realized it wasn’t going to work today. The first part of the course is mostly descending and I knew body temp would go down even more. I looked up front and saw someone had kept their speed suit on. WHY DIDN’T I think of that!!!!!!! grrr. Might have been Laurel Wassner, who tweeted to me yesterday that we had a similar experience and she had to pull out after mile 5 of the bike. OH BOY. I stopped on the side of the road and got rescued buy Terenzo’s girlfriend.
She was the sweetest and covered me with warm clothes and towels. Sadly, the camera man caught it on video and I got a -shiver interview- don’t know what I said but that’s okay, chances are, it wasn’t louder than the teeth shattering. They put me on a Rev-3 mobile and got me to the med tent. After 10 minutes of warming up with heat packs etc…temp was still 93, I stayed there a while and they warmed up the ambulance full blast and got me in there.Thank you to crew at medical tent, you guys made it a better day. Huge thanks to Terenzo’s girlfriend, she is such an amazing girl and was such a big help.
To Charlie Patten and crew: seems like luck was not on my side at Rev3 this year. With the bike crash before Knoxville and this now. But Knoxville was a blast and Quassy’s bike-run course is something I was craving. I will be back next year for sure. Congrats to race winner Julie Dibens and teammates Mirinda Carfrae (2nd) and Kate Major (6th) for their great performances on the day.