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Meredith Kessler’s Revenge at Rev3 Portland

August 3, 2011 08:17AM EST
Meredith Kessler’s Revenge at Rev3 Portland

It was an absolute pleasure to have been able to race my first REV 3 race in Portland!  The Rev 3 staff are fantastic, first class people who make each athlete feel like a million bucks. Their race execution was top notch and their ability to make everyone feel so welcome and important is priceless.

Arriving in Portland, I was really just so happy to be there and delighted to be ABLE to race. Simple things we can all easily take for granted. Growing up an athlete—I have always had the “IF AT FIRST YOU DON’T SUCCEED..DUST YOURSELF OFF AND TRY AGAIN” mentality (Thank you Destiny’s Child). If there was ever a time I needed to embrace this– FULL GAS, the time was, in fact, NOW.

After DNF-ing both of my 40th ironman attempts at Ironman St. George and Ironman Coeur D’Alene, it was time to ‘go to the well’ both emotionally and physically and rise above this demise.

Thank you Tim Carlson for the Slowtwitch article which recaps the two extremes that I experienced in both races: Slowtwitch Article

Additionally, ample thanks to Matt Dixon for his recap on it as well….especially since he’s been with me on this journey since the beginning:

Purple Patch Race Recap

We’ve lived…we’ve learned…and Rev 3 Portland was the time to go back to the basics, keep it simple and race with gumption.

The city of Portland was a beautiful venue for this race. The weather was perfect on race day and the 8:03 AM pro women race start was amazing! There was even some proper stretching that occurred before this gun went off. A first for everything!

The non-wetsuit beautiful BLUE LAKE swim was smooth and an adequate temperature. My Orca speedsuit gave me no issues and was rather “run-able” during our ½ mile jog to transition.

Onward to my Orbea Ordu to the flat and fast bike course where you could see the beauty of Mt. Hood in the background. Riding on CycleOps power built in my fantastic Reynolds wheels was CRUCIAL for this course so my Joule played an integral part of the ride in order to keep up on watts and not drift off to LA LA land which is easy to do.

The run course provided some lovely out and back action on the same course as the bike which was great since the crowds could stay put the entire race…I love races like this…keep it simple for the fans too…love it!

I already look forward to coming back to this race again in the future…no matter what the course entails as the REV 3 team knows how to put on both a rewarding and memorable race for all of us.

Congratulations to everyone who raced and especially to the amazing team of Pro Women…Kate, Malaika, Bree, Amanda, Mackenzie, Marisa, Courtenay, Leslie, Jen, Marilyn, Kristin & Teresa.

A VERY SPECIAL thank you to Charlie, Krista, Jen, Simply Stu, Eric & Greg from the Rev 3 team. I will never forget the hospitality that you all provided and your genuine care for ALL of your athletes.

I would also love to thank my sponsors for their continued support..through the good…but also through the bad. I do not take your loyalty and faith in me for granted.

Thank you to Gary, Scott & Staff at The Athletes Lounge in Portland for making sure my Orbea was ready to rumble on race day. I appreciate it so much!

To Corinne and J:  Thank you for being there for both CDA & Portland..if anyone got to witness two extremes of races, you guys certainly did. The good and the ugly!  I love you both to pieces and THANK YOU for everything.

SUE HUTTER:  You are in a league of your own…you know I adore you and appreciate all that you do for ALL OF US.  Our true Iron-Mom…you are the best.

Harris family:  Thank you for being there and then also for hosting an amazing lunch for all of us post race…so so perfect!

Thank you to my husband, Aaron and my coach, Matt Dixon for supporting me in my decision to want to race Rev 3 Portland after the rough start to the season. You both listened to me and knew that despite some previous racing misfortune, we still could go out there are go for it. As a coach myself, I value this as I have learned more than ever to LISTEN, closely…to your athletes.

I’m looking forward to attempting my 40th Ironman (again!) in Canada here soon….as they say, 3rd times a charm eh?

If at first you don’t succeed, dust yourself off and TRY again….















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Meredith is someone who strives to acquire proficiency in more than just one field while living her philosophy of BALANCE in life. She enjoys coaching several athletes under the purplepatch umbrella while maintaining a rigorous daily training schedule as an elite IM triathlete. 

Meredith grew up in Columbus, Ohio where she was a 4-sport athlete and was inducted into her high school's Athletic Hall of Fame. Meredith went on to receive a Division I athletic scholarship at Syracuse University where she participated in field hockey and track. After graduation in 2000, she used her graduation money to purchase her first triathlon bike and entered in a full IM (2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, 26.2 mile run) 2 weeks later. From that moment on, she caught the spirit of IM competition and hasn't looked back. Since that first IM in 2000, Meredith has competed in over 35 full IM races all over the United States. She was undefeated in her 2009 season having been the 1st place amateur woman in every race last year. In addition, she holds the amateur course record at IM Arizona and the age-group course record at Wildflower 70.3. In November 2010, Meredith turned professional and in her first season as a rookie pro, she won IM Canada and placed 2nd in both IM St. George and IM Coeur D'Alene. 

Meredith takes pride in being the best wife, daughter, sister, friend and mentor that she can possibly be everyday. Her family, friends and coach (Matt Dixon MSc are paramount and their support helps fuel her energies to compete at such an elite level. She is very thankful and grateful to be able to endure this sport and has never taken it for granted. Whether she is competing in an IM, planning parties for others, at work, or hanging out with friends, Meredith feels fortunate to be around people who have a zest for life. 

Meredith also teaches at VeloSF, a downtown San Francisco power-based cycling studio which is an efficient way to become a better cyclist, even out on the road. In the studio, you are on your actual bike which is placed on a computrainer and manipulated by watts, power and cadence. This is Meredith's main resource for cycling for her IM training as she does 4-5 sessions per week (2 of which she teaches). 


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