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Heather Jackson – 4th Place at Rev3 Quassy

June 19, 2012 10:37AM EST
Heather Jackson – 4th Place at Rev3 Quassy

So Wattie and I are posted up at a Starbucks in Southbury, CT the morning after racing Rev3 Quassy half-distance. Look at how quickly I’m getting this race report up!!!! hahaha so proud of myself:) Yes, usually it takes a few weeks- I am the worst procrastinator! Anyways….

Recovering from Wildflower took quite a bit longer than anticipated- almost 2 weeks to feel like I had any sort of ‘pop’ or ‘snap’ back in my legs. So, two weeks of easy workouts post-Wildflower left only 2 weeks until Quassy- one week for a decent week of some speed work/some ‘key’ workouts of speed in each discipline before an easier week leading into Rev3 to try and feel fresh. The week of some “intensity” workouts went pretty well, with one of them being the Encinitas Sprint Triathlon two Sundays ago. I felt way better at that hour-long race than anticipated and thought I would be fine for Rev3 two weeks later. It’s weird, as I think I felt better at Encinitas Sprint than I did yesterday.

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Wattie and I traveled to NH last Wednesday to get a few days at home visiting my family before driving the 2 hours to the race site in Connecticut and I think the travel really zapped me. All of Thursday, Friday, and Saturday before the race I felt horrible- just tired and jetlagged and my legs felt so heavy and swollen. Yes, Wattie listened to me all week: “I feel sooooo FAT!!!!” He would say it was all in my head but seriously, I felt so fat. hahaha. Anyways, we “ticked it over” the week before- some short swims, bikes, and runs to get the blood flowing. I got to see my family and my Grampa (Daida) oncustom fuelbelt 430x430 Heather Jackson   4th Place at Rev3 Quassy Thursday and then we drove to CT Friday morning. We had some great interviews/photoshoots on Friday for the Rev3 Media Crew who do an amazing job at pre-race and race coverage! For all of their awesome coverage on Quassy click here. It was also great to see Vinu and Colleen of Fuelbelt who drove out on Friday to check out the race site. Thank-you again for the awesome Fuelbelt goodies! Saturday was registration, pro meeting, and feet up for most of the day before an early night to bed.

ZootSuit Wetsuit and Aquasphere goggle Swim Report: The second the race started I knew it was going to be a long day. I didn’t feel even remotely smooth in the water. I lost the first pack of girls pretty quick whereas at Wildflower I was able to stay in a group for about half the swim and gain the advantage of a draft. Not so much yesterday! I was alone until about the first buoy where I saw a girl coming up on my right, so I pulled in and stayed on her feet for most of the rest of the swim. It was non-wetsuit for the pros, which does not help me at all. This is no excuse on my behalf for a bad swim by any means! But I can usually do better in wetsuit swims since the wetsuit gives my legs some buoyancy so they aren’t just sinking on me:) Anyways, I got through it and ran up the ramp into T1. Oh crap. Only a few bikes left. hahaha. Better get riding! I pulled off my Zootsuit and pulled on my Kask Bambino helmet and Bont Cycling Shoes as quickly as I could and sprinted out of T1 and onto my Cannondale.

ZootSuit Wetsuit and Aquasphere goggle Swim Report: The second the race started I knew it was going to be a long day. I didn’t feel even remotely smooth in the water. I lost the first pack of girls pretty quick whereas at Wildflower I was able to stay in a group for about half the swim and gain the advantage of a draft. Not so much yesterday! I was alone until about the first buoy where I saw a girl coming up on my right, so I pulled in and stayed on her feet for most of the rest of the swim. It was non-wetsuit for the pros, which does not help me at all. This is no excuse on my behalf for a bad swim by any means! But I can usually do better in wetsuit swims since the wetsuit gives my legs some buoyancy so they rev3 swim 430x287 Heather Jackson   4th Place at Rev3 Quassyaren’t just sinking on me:) Anyways, I got through it and ran up the ramp into T1. Oh crap. Only a few bikes left. hahaha. Better get riding! I pulled off my Zootsuit and pulled on my Kask Bambino helmet and Bont Cycling Shoes as quickly as I could and sprinted out of T1 and onto my Cannondale.

Cannondale, ISM Saddles, Zipp, SRAM, Kask Helmet, Bont Cycling Shoes, Speedfil, Finalfit Bike Report: Onto the bike and I didn’t feel any better than I had in the water. My legs felt heavy and tired from the swim and just totally loaded up. I told myself it was fine and that my legs would come around…this is your strength, you can do this. I stayed positive: It’s okay….just ride your ride. The plan was similar to Wildflower- to negative split the bike. Save it for the last 15miles because that’s where you can make up time when the other girls start to struggle. Well…that didn’t turn out as planned! LOL. No “turning it on” near the end, as I didn’t seem to have another gear in my legs. Pulling back any of the deficit I had lost to the lead didn’t happen and I came into T2 around 7th (?). All I knew was that Rinny, Naeth, and Wurtele were in front of me and that Kelly (Williamson) was behind me and would be coming fast!

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Zoot Kiawe, Fuelbelt, GU Energy, Oakley Shades Run Report: Onto the run and my legs felt okay. Not great but better than they did on the bike, so again I stayed positive! You can pull them back! Maybe they went too hard on the bike and are up the road walking! I passed a girl about a mile into the run and then got Malaika around mile 4 or so. That left Wurtele, Rinny, and Naeth, who I was able to spot on an out-and-back section on the run. They were all super close to each other and running….well…FAST. DANG! Slow down a bit:) The Rinsta was CHARGING. I counted and figured I was still about 3-4minutes back. Stay POSITIVE! There’s still a lot of run left! Maybe they will cramp up! Maybe someone will bonk…you could still run into the podium. I kept pushing and taking in water and sucking down my Chocolate-Rasberry GU’s. There is one more out-and-back section on the run with about 2miles to go and so I was able to see the front 3 girls again, battling it out. It looked like Rinny and Heather (W) were right together and Angela was only steps behind. Were any of them struggling? ummm NOPE! They were still booking it. hahah. With two miles left and still about 3 minutes back, I would have to make up over 1:30minutes/mile over those girls, who were running what looked to be around 6 or so min pace….so just a couple of 4:30miles for me and I’ll have them! No biggy! (kidding) haha. I kept going, knowing anyone could be coming from behind. I made it up the final mile-long hill before making the left turn down into the finish chute. 4th place! Still a good result. AND, I was bib-number 4! And 4 is my lucky number, so I’ll take it! :) Huge congrats to Rinny, Heather, and Angela for the top 3…you girls battled! A congrats to my parents who also raced yesterday!!!! Andrev3 run 430x286 Heather Jackson   4th Place at Rev3 Quassy to everyone else who made it through both yesterday and on Saturday for the Olympic distance when it was absolutely down-pouring! It was great to meet so many new people yesterday and a side thanks to spectator Tim, who Wattie and I met on the grass while cheering on my parents and he was kind enough to share some beverages with us:) Congrats to your wife on her finish!

Despite precise training, recovery, nutrition, and great overall preparation for a race, it’s difficult to always have a perfect day out there, especially in this tough sport! I know that and always try to draw the positives: I was able to see my family with a trip to the East Coast. I had a blast racing and got a great workout in on a hard course. I feel extra motivated to focus in on my swim over the next 3 months in preparation for the World Championships (Vegas 70.3). And I definitely picked up some lessons for future races (good call Angela Naeth! on the wetsuit OVER the speedsuit for a pre-race warm-up swim to stay warm but still get a warm-up in….keep that in mind if you’re ever faced with a non-wetty swim, you can still bring it for a warm-up!)

Rev3 Quassy is a great race! It is really, really hard but still a blast! The Rev3 organization does a great job and if you haven’t checked out one of their races, I highly recommend it! Thanks Rev3!

And as always, I couldn’t do this without the people who support me. Thank-you to my coach PJ (Champion Factory Coaching) for all your support and belief in me. Also the CFC training crew, you know who you are. Thanks for pushing me everyday in training.

Thank-you to my amazing sponsors: Zoot, Cannondale, Wattie Ink., Kask Helmets, GU Energy, Fuelbelt, ISM Saddles, Speedfil, Bont, Zipp, SRAM, Challenge Tires, Aquasphere, FinalFit, Look Pedals, Oakley, Greg and Doc at San Diego Sports Medicine, Sim-Sim for my massages….Thank-you so much for all of your support and belief in me as an athlete. Without you, I wouldn’t be living the dream that I am.

Anddddd, WATTIE!!!! Thank-you:) For everything. For all you do day-in-and-day-out. I love you!

Okay, time for some rest and recovery and to get a good, solid block of training in….to get some pop, snap and speed back:) Hope everyone had a great weekend of racing, and best of luck to those of you racing in the next few weekends! So many races coming up! Best of luck and have fun out there! Cheers, HJ


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Heather

Jackson

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I grew up playing most every sport- soccer, ice hockey, tennis, skiing, softball, basketball....actually most every sport except swimming:) In jr. high and high school I mainly focused on soccer and ice hockey and ended up choosing to focus on ice hockey for college and played D1 at Princeton for 2002-2006.

Enter Triathlon: The day after I graduated from Princeton (6/6/06), I moved to Chiang Mai, Thailand for a year to work for Princeton-in-Asia teaching English at Chiang Mai University.

I had done a few sprint and local triathlons during the summers throughout college with my parents, who got into them before me, but had done them more as a weekend workout to stay in shape for hockey. When I was in Thailand, I met some guys at the local gym training for the Laguna Phuket triathlon and IM Malaysia and was like Oh, I can do that! It was after Malaysia that I was hooked. I pretty much just "completed" it, smiling the whole time, but I knew afterward that I wanted to do one and actually race it. I am extremely competitive. I saw the pro girls (and guys) racing by me and knew I could do that. That was February 2007.

More Background: I ran out of money in Asia. Came home in April 2007 to NH. Started the interview/job process and got a job teaching 9th grade World History in San Jose, CA. August 2007- drove cross-country with my sister, Biffy (Becca), and taught for 2 years (2007-2009 school years), while training for triathlon. I realized I couldn't have the commitment and dedication to both triathlon and teaching that I needed and wanted, and left my teaching job at the end of last school year (2009). I turned pro and raced my first pro triathlon race at Providence in July 2009.

I also tried a few criteriums in the summer of 2009, as well as racing on the velodrome.

USA National Track Championships (bronze in Individual Pursuit and bronze in International Omnium)

I still race crits and on the velodrome for training but my focus in on triathlon. 2011 will be my second full year as a professional.

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