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Rev3 Venice DUATHLON

December 4, 2012 10:11AM EST
Rev3 Venice DUATHLON

Duathlons hurt. A lot. I only have two data points, the other being the 2008 San Francisco Conti Cup turned 5K-40K-10K (where I spent the evening post-race curled into the fetal position on the floor). Rev3 Venice was equally painful, and this picture says it all:

Why am I sitting in this chair? Because I can barely walk. In other news, Andrew Russell wins the contest for the sweetest sunglasses.
The extra suffering was probably brought on by hauling through the initial 1.5 mile run at just under 3 min/km, then compounded by chasing Jesse Thomas/Ben Collins/Starky for 15 miles at 40k effort (to no avail). A chase group formed up of about ten athletes, including the usual suspects (Viktor, Richie, Kyle) but also the unusual suspects (the non-swimmers).

One person flatted, another dropped his chain, Kyle got a 2 min stand-down penalty, and eventually we were only six. Around mile 40 Viktor surged to the front, followed by a short surge from me, and another from Richie, and when I next turned around nobody was there! We finished the bike as a group of three, nine minutes back from Starky, six from Thomas, and a little less then three to Ben Collins.

I set the early pace on the run and Viktor quickly matched it. Kaleb Van Ort joined up around mile three and that’s when I started to suffer. I lost some calories on the bike when a gel flask fell out of my pocket, but I figured that since the race was ~20 minutes shorter than a normal half (no swim), and I generally carry an excess of calories on the bike, that I would be fine with what I had. I was wrong. The hot, humid, windy conditions punished me for my incorrect assumption.

I got dropped by Viktor and Kaleb and my pace slowed to what felt like a jog. The last two miles were all about survival. To give you an idea of how much I faded, I came within 21 seconds of catching Ben Collins around mile 10 of the run and he ended up beating me by 2:10. Ouch! In the final half mile I felt like I could barely get one leg in front of the other and came through the finish in sixth. This is not how I hoped to finish the 2012 season, but a few positives emerged: my cycling is at a level I didn’t expect until next year, and despite blowing up I still ran the third fastest split behind Viktor and Kaleb. So it wasn’t all bad, but frustrating to know I could have done better.

So now I get a couple of weeks off and then start it up for 2013.

The turn-around point of the initial 1.5 mile run. 

T1 was a bit tight. Photo by Eric Wynn.

Kaleb about to join up to Viktor and me. Photo by Eric Wynn.




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2011 Highlights: Member of the USA Triathlon Project 2012 program • Placed 17th at the Oct. 9 Huatulco ITU World Cup • Recorded eighth-place finishes at ITU Pan American Cups in Kelowna and San Francisco • The San Francisco event — the San Francisco Triathlon at Treasure Island — was stop No. 3 of the USA Triathlon Elite Race Series • Finished 16th in the opening race of the USA Triathlon Elite Race Series on March 5 in Clermont, Fla..

Elite Triathlon Career: Finished as the No. 5 American and 63rd overall in the 2010 ITU World Championship Series • Placed sixth at the 2010 USA Triathlon Elite National Championship in Tuscaloosa, Ala. • Finished fifth at the 2010 PATCO Pan American Championship in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico • Finished 35th in the Sydney ITU WCS event and 37th in Hamburg • Was the runner-up at the 2010 Chicago Triathlon • Finished ninth at the season-opening Mooloolaba ITU World Cup in 2010 • Finished 2009 as the No. 6 American and No. 57 overall in the final ITU World Championship Series rankings • Placed sixth at the 2009 Ironman 70.3 World Championship • Took eighth at the 2009 Huatulco ITU World Cup event • Was fifth at the 2009 USAT Elite National Championship • Also finished third at the San Francisco ITU Pan American Cup race and was second at the Austin ITU Pan American Cup event • Finished ninth at the ITU Pan American Championships in Oklahoma City • Won the 2009 Playas ITU Pan American Cup race • Was the No. 9 American and 76th overall in the 2008 ITU World Cup Series rankings • Placed sixth at the 2008 World University Games • Finished eighth at the 2008 USAT Elite National Championship and placed ninth at the 2008 Portland ITU Pan American Cup race • Took 15th at the 2008 Tiszaujvaros ITY World Cup event • Grabbed second at the 2008 Nevis ITU Pan American Cup event • Logged top-10 finishes in 2007 Pan American Cup events in Kelowna, Longmont, Geneva and Rincon.

Amateur Triathlon Career: 
Won the 2007 USAT Collegiate National Championship while at the University of Florida. 

Athletic Background: Started swimming at age four and continued swimming competitively through high school • Joined the triathlon club at the University of Florida as freshman. 


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