REV3 South Carolina was always going to be a big race for me but 4 weeks ago I tore my calf muscle and although I struggled though Syracuse Ironman 70.3 three weeks ago to finish 5th, I was not very confident with my run form going in to REV3 having not run since Syracuse. Starting REV3 I new the calf was better but I just didn’t know how I would fair on the run.
REV3 South Carolina was a solid course with a fairly hilly, windy bike course and rolling hilly run. The weather was perfect for me being sunny but not too hot and I was excited to race such a strong field including Chris McDonald (multiple Ironman Champion), Tim Berkel (Ironman champion &7th at 70.3 World Champs), Richie Cunningham (Multiple Ironman 70.3 Champ) and Maxim Kriat (Multiple Ironman 70.3 Champ). A truly stellar field!
My swim started well and I was feeling good in the 2nd pack.
I certainly prefer none wetsuit swims and my speed suit was feeling great. I had lost a minute to Fleishman who was first out but I was surrounded by many of the main contenders and knew we could all bike hard to catch up. I rode hard with the extremely strong David Thompson and we quickly reeled in many of the lead swim group. For a while it was the Kestrel show with 4 matching Kestrels in a main lead group of 8! That looked pretty cool! Thompson then made a move and I went with him. We got the break we needed and pulled away from the pack containing Cunningham, Kriat, Berkel and McDonald. With all these athletes being strong runners I knew this was a smart move.
We now only had Andrew Starykowicz ahead of us on the road and we chased hard. At mile 45 I pulled away from Thompson in pursuit of the leader and trying to get more time on the group chasing me. I love windy conditions and it sure was windy out there! I came in to T2 4 minutes behind the leader, which sounds like a lot but I knew he was not renowned as a runner. I had approx 1 minute on Thompson and 2 minutes on the main contender group. I was now in to unknown territory and just didn’t know how I would run. The first 3 miles I felt awful and I could see 7 guys chasing hard and closing on me. My head dropped but I do what I always do and focused giving it everything one step at a time. By mile 5 I started to feel good and when I hit the half way turn I had cut the leader down to 2 minutes and had opened up 1 minute on 3rd place. This was a huge mental boost and I knew I could hold 2nd if I could keep getting the Gatorade down at each aid station. Nutrition was my focus and I started to feel great. Unfortunately Starykowicz, who came off a big Ironman win in September, was getting stronger and I could not close the 2 minutes. He finished 1.54 ahead of me but I was really over the moon to have run well off no run training. 2nd fastest bike split, fastest run split and 2nd overall. A good day for me with some World Class competition out there! Well done to Starykowicz for a gutsy race!
Last race of the season is Miami Ironman 70.3 in 3 weeks. If I can get some good run training in over the next 2 weeks then I will be really up for that one!
See the REV3 race report show here-Rev3 Anderson Race Recap
See the Triathlete magazine report here-Triathlon Magazine
Many thanks to all of my sponsors. Also thanks to Rev3! They are a really great race organization and I’ll definitely be doing many more Rev3 races next season!!