It's getting to be that time of year when the long off season slowly turns into pre-season and eventually it will be time to race! I have always enjoyed the process of training, but my true love is toeing the start line and plunging head first into battle with myself and my competitors. I'm slowly building in intervals, including a few hill efforts, and generally getting more focused on key sessions in training but it is all just laying the groundwork for a successful season. While training has been going well, I can't wait to see the transition area set up and waiting for the energy of race day.
Very simply, they do things right and treat their athletes well. If you haven't seen it, check out the interview with the big boss on Slowtwitch HERE. He mentions the great team he has working for him and I agree. Add in the fact that the Rev3 races have a reasonable prize distribution (more than the top 3 athletes can cover travel costs... how novel), and I can't see why I would go anywhere else.
I'd love to do a few full distance races since that is where I feel my true abilities can be found, but from a business perspective it makes no sense. I stand to benefit more from a successful Knoxville race this year than I would if I were to get top 5 at Kona and that's not including the physical abuse I'd accumulate trying to qualify. Greg Bennett said it best a few years ago... double the distance, half the money. Sad but true.
I will be looking forward to a full season of Rev3 racing after Knoxville is over. I enjoy going back to familiar races and seeing familiar faces. The new Rev3 Rush in Richmond will be phenomenal (I hear rumors of our local tri community planning to show everyone a good time!) and I still have dreams (nightmares) of tackling the Quassy run course yet again. I look forward to defending my Williamsburg title, but this time at the Olympic distance.
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