The course at REV3 Quassy Triathlon is beautiful and challenging – two factors that always make for a great race!
The swim starts in clean, clear, spring-fed Lake Quassapaug and the water temperatures always seem near perfect, in the low 70s just above the pro wetsuit cut- off of 68oF. Generally this is the time of day to appreciate being cool, because warmth and humidity is typical for Connecticut at this time of year. If you have the chance to get into the water for the practice swim on Saturday, it is great to get your bearings on the swim course. After the first turn you are headed directly east and, with the rising sun in your eyes race morning, I’d recommend tinted goggles and having a good land-mark (such as a more distant hill) to sight off because the buoys at water level can be hard to see. Once you make the final swim turn the Quassy amusement park make sighting the swim exit easy, and before no time you’re through transition and off on the bike.
The REV3 Quassy Triathlon bike course has a great mix of flatter fast sections, more technical curving roads through the trees with lots of rolling hills, and a few slightly more sustained climbs. For this type of course it’s critical that your shifting is smooth and that you have all your gears in working order, so take the time to make sure your bike is well-tuned. It can be advantageous to pre-ride/drive the course to get an idea where you can sustain your speed on some of the dips and turns and where more caution is in order.
There is a very gradual climb to get back to T2 so try to be aware of your cadence to get your legs ready to run. For the first couple miles of the run course you are treated to a great downhill section where you can get those legs turning over, and get into a good grove. From there you hit a gravel road and the challenges begin! Hills are the name of the game for the rest of the run so be sure to incorporate them into your run training. The few miles have include an uphill/downhill out and back, and you end with a steep little kicker to really get the best out of you, before a few hundred meters of flat to the finish chute. Generally if you focus on your form and being in the moment, rather than thinking things like “seriously? when does this hill end?” your day will go a lot better!
Like with all races, be sure to pace yourself, stick to your race plan, and remember to fuel and hydrate. Get ready for a great event!
~ Heather Wurtele