From the start I was seriously looking forward to racing Ironman 70.3 Puerto Rico. A large group of fellow BTTers racing and the course looked like it would be a beautiful race in a beautiful location, not to mention my first Ironman branded race (There is something to be said about Ironman). I believe it went into being as prepared as I ever have for a race, working with a coach (Dave) for the first time, and ready to go on race morning.
Update: September 9, 2017: Between personal contributions and the team donation, we were able to raise $2,020 for Neurofibromatosis Northeast!
The 2017 Team Charity will go to Neurofibromatosis Northeast. Amazingly, NF is not well known even though it affects three times as many people as muscular dystrophy and cystic fibrosis combined! Neurofibromatosis is a genetic disorder that can cause tumors to form on the nerves anywhere in or on the body at any time. NF is associated with disfigurement, learning disabilities, deafness, vision impairment, epilepsy and cancer. At this time, there is no effective treatment or cure for NF. The mission of Neurofibromatosis Northeast is to find the cure for NF by promoting scientific research, creating awareness, and supporting those who are affected by NF.
Here at Revel Racing we pride ourselves on the quantitative approach we take with our athletes. Part of this means evaluating and incorporating some of the latest technology into our training. This week I was lucky to attend the Harvard Innovation Lab’s: The Rise of the Quantified Athlete: An Experiential Forum on the Future of Athletic Performance along with some of the coaches from TeamBPC. Below are the three technologies we are most looking forward to trying out in 2017.
2017 is the 10th annual Tri for a Cure, and my 5th time participating in this event. This year I have yet again set a very lofty fundraising goal of $20,000 for Maine Cancer Foundation. I am proud to say that while I did not quite hit that goal last year, I raised $18,600 with the help of many donors! In my 4 years of participating in this event I have raised nearly $70,000 in the fight against cancer.
Congratulations! You’ve qualified for Kona! Your flights and accommodations are booked! Here’s a few things you should know before heading off to the Big Island.
Chances are you’re not from a tropical, humid climate. Depending on where you’re flying in from, it will take somewhere on the order of two weeks to fully acclimate to the weather. Try to arrive on the island as early as you can and by Wednesday at the latest. You can start preconditioning yourself by overdressing for your workouts, riding the trainer without a fan, or even hitting up a hot yoga class 2-3 weeks before the race.
The Descent from Hawi
The descent from Hawi can be one of the most treacherous portions of the course. The gusts of wind have been known to blow riders right off the road, and the air currents can be unpredictable as you pass in and out of the cutouts along the road. Hawi is home to a few art galleries, boutiques, and great restaurants. Treat your Sherpa to lunch while you preview the descent.
Racing on the Equator
Being right on the equator, the sun is no joke in Hawaii. Aside from a few fleeting spots in Ali’i Drive the race course is totally exposed. A blistering sunburn is a very real threat that can make the rest of your trip miserable. Pack some SPF100 for the race along with multiple sticks of lip balm containing sun protection to have with you at all times. Reapply frequently and cover up as much as possible – cooling sleeves are essential throughout the race.
For many, racing Ironman World Championships is a once in a lifetime experience. You’re going to be among the best of the best. Let’s face it, more than likely you’re not going to be standing on the podium after the race. This is your victory lap! Take it all in. Run with a friend. Stop to hug your family. Revel in every moment!!!
A few years back I remember having dinner with my dad, and he said to me, “It doesn’t matter what you do. Just do what you love.” I don’t remember where it was, or in what context it came up, but that has always stuck with me.
I have been competing or coaching in one form or another since I was about eight years old. I love training, racing, and most especially, coaching. Finding Jeff and Team BPC has been one of the best things to have ever happen to me. Through this team I have met so many incredible people and talented athletes. You were with me through one of the toughest times of my life. With you I have established some friendships so strong that those people have become my family. It hasn’t been an easy decision, but after much thought, I’m finding it is time for me to leave Team BPC.
As sad as I am to go it is with immense excitement I want to announce the formation of Revel Racing! Revel will be my first step in eventually making a career out of doing what I love! Like BPC, Revel will be a personalized coaching service. However, with Revel I plan to have increased focus on supporting athletes choosing to race for charities.
I wish you all the best and I’m looking forward to seeing you out on the race course!