Rev3: One Of The Toughest Half-Ironman Courses In History

When Heather Gollnick, pro triathlete who is the mastermind behind Rev3, was interviewing me in transition the morning of the race she asked me, “Kellie, are you nervous?”  I had two fantastic nights of sleep and I was ready to take on the challenge ahead of me so I replied, “Oddly Heather, I am more excited than nervous. I come from Florida so the hills will be a huge challenge for me but that is why we do this, for the challenge.” What lied ahead I could never have fathomed. What over 800 athletes embarked on was one of the hardest but most beautiful Half-Ironman courses in the US.

RevolutioAWESOME SWIMn3 took place in Middlebury, Connecticut at Quassy Amusement Park. The swim was a lake swim and PERFECTLY marked. I have never felt excited to get in the water but after spending months watching stroke videos, getting some advice on my form and spending more time in the pool I wanted to see if I improved. 36 min on the swim and I was exiting the water with a huge smile.

Into transition and there was my Dad snapping away pics and yelling words of encouragement. It was special having my Dad there for some quality time close to Father’s Day.

Off onto the bike and the real adventure began. For someone that lives in flat land having to climb 5,000 feet of elevation over 56 miles is a challenge! I LOVED every minute of it and enjoyed all the beauty that on bike smiling at dadCT had to offer. It is truly God’s Country there and it helped ease the pain of the climbs. Roads were well marked, volunteers at every turn and very limited traffic. You could not ask for more.

Into T2 and off on the run. I honestly had no idea what was ahead of me but it did not take long to figure it out. Matt Reed (top male finisher) was quoted, “I didn’t scout out the run course before the race and it was a mistake. The hills were ridiculous, crazy. I had a decent lead on the bike and tried to stay in control but I got tired about Mile 10.”  Yes, it was a run couOff on the runrse that even challenged the Midget!

This race is truly REVOLUTIONARY. We race to exceed what we feel our limits are, we race to succeed, we race to feel the rush of emotion when accomplishing such a feat, we race to help better define ourselves. When I crossed the finish line I gave it all I had. I finished in 5:48 and I could not have been any happier.

To top it off I had the pleasure of meeting some of my blog/twitter buddies and boy were they all wonderful! Thanks for the bike ride on Saturday Jamie! Javier, thanks for the tip on how critical nutrition is on the bike to prepare for the run (smile). It was also a true pleasure to hang out with Tanya who is the founder of GOTRIbal. I wore my tattoos with pride girl!

Thanks to my Dad being there for me, for my friend and colleague, George, for coming to cheer me on  and for all my friends that called/emailed/text messaged me before and after. And thanks to my friend that stayed up until almost 5AM Hawaii time to track me (you are crazy…but I dig it).

There is no doubt that this race made a huge impression on me. Maybe it is one that will be on the list for next year, you never know!


Reed, Carfrae take Rev 3 wins


11 Responses to “Rev3: One Of The Toughest Half-Ironman Courses In History”

  1. Nice work girl! Thanks for continuing to inspire us all!! You ROCK!

  2. Stepmonster Says:

    Great job!! You rock! I am happy to hear that you got to meet Tanya, that must have been special. Love ya!

  3. Nice race girl! Next time we hit Clermont more before you roll out again!

  4. Awesome job sis! Wouldn’t be much fun without a challenge 🙂 You look great!

  5. Awesome race! I saw you just before the turnaround on the bike, so I knew that we were close, but by the run you completely broke away and built up a great lead.

    That run course was serious business. Way to totally kill it!

    It was great meeting you, but hopefully this won’t be the last time.

  6. Solid job out there MIdget!!! But, whoa — 5000ft of climbing?!?!?!? Yikes. Good thing you weigh like 47lbs (bike included).

  7. You’re so awesome, K. Damn girl, you’re quite the inspiration. Way to kick a hill’s butt.

  8. Sounds like you had a GREAT Race! See you in Augusta.

  9. Congrats! It sounds like you enjoyed yourself very much! I love reading your blog. Reading your posts motivates me in my own training. I’ve even taken tips from some of your posts and used them to improve my own times. Keep it up!!!

  10. Great race as always Kellie! I showed Kavan your pics and he was so funny. There is Aunt Kellie swimming, there she is riding her bike…oh she is going to pass that girl (I’m sure she did), there she is running…hey mommy you’re running too (thanks sweetie but that is still Aunt Kellie), yeah she crossed the finish line, look at her muscles…I’m scared of those muscles. Ahh a triathalon according to a 4 year old! Well done sis!

  11. Just got around to reading this post! Great job!! I never knew CT was that hilly. What a change from FL! Love reading your posts, I think you need to post more often about your training.

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