Thursday, September 15, 2011

Rev3Tri Cedar Point

Wow!  I can't believe it's been 4 days since Kel raced his first full iron distance tri at Rev3 Cedar Point.  I'm still completely exhausted.  In fact, I think Kel has recovered faster than I have!

We had a wonderful weekend.  I'm going to let Kel share about his race in his own words tomorrow, but I have a few things to say as well - shocking, I know!

We decided to rent a house just outside the park for the weekend.  Kel's parents made the trip with us, which was a God send for me especially.  There is no way any of us would have had as much fun if Gramma and Grampa hadn't been there to help.  We pulled in Friday evening and got settled.  Saturday was a practice swim and some fun Team Trakkers meetups.  I was excited to see so many Trakkers peeps out there!

Since I wasn't racing, I took the opportunity to help out wherever I could.  My first job of the day was helping Mark (tridadoffive) stay off his feet.

I was also able to get a nice half-iron swim in during the practice swim.  Bonus!  After the swim, we laid low for the rest of the morning with the boys at the house, and then headed over to the expo so Kel could get his bike checked in.  I could tell he was feeling a little anxious about the race because he started to get kind of grumpy.  I tried to just take as much pressure off of him that I could.  The hardest part for me was trying not to ask him a million questions about what he had in his transition bags, or if he had enough nutrition.  The coach in me felt like that would have been helpful, but the wife in me knew that would just make him more nervous.

Kel was less than thrilled with me trying to document every move he made!

We had a lovely pre-race meal at home and hit the hay pretty early.  I did not sleep well at all, and I woke up with Kel around 4 a.m.  I was so nervous I felt like I was racing! Kel, on the other hand, seemed much more relaxed than he had been on Saturday.  We both got ready and headed down to transition.  Gramma and Grampa were at the house with the boys, so they all just slept in.

Kel and Mark on race day!
Soon enough, everyone headed down to the swim start and there were hugs squeezed and kisses given.

Since it was September 11, Rev3 had a beautiful tribute to those that had fallen on that tragic day 10 years earlier.

Before I knew it, all the racers were being ushered into the chute and waiting for the start, and then they were off!

I'll leave the race for Kel, but I will say we all had a fantastic time.  While Kel was on the bike, I met up with the boys and Gramma and Grampa for some fun at Cedar Point, which was literally steps away from transition.

Ryan was so excited to get his picture with Charlie Brown and Linus.
Noah, on the other hand, wanted nothing to do with them.

Ryan and I enjoyed a peaceful ride on the Ferris Wheel.

We made sure to make it back to cheer for Daddy!!

One of the most surprising things of the day was that Ryan went on this
ride with his Grampa!!  I was very impressed.
I was so grateful to be able to hang out with Colleen, one of my awesome Trakkers teammates, all day.  Spectating at an iron-distance race is hard work, let me tell you, so it was great to have some company!

Did you know Moonpies are the breakfast of champions?
The absolute highlight of the day, though, was when all of us ran Kel through the finish line.  Rev3 believes in the family finish line because no one can finish a race like this without the support of their family.  I just can't say enough about the experience that Rev3Tri offers all of its racers and their families.

Sunday was a very special day for me.  I got to see my husband achieve something that neither of us ever could have imagined.  We were able to share it with our family and friends.  I was able to see the place where  I will hopefully become an iron-distance finisher. I was able to cheer on so many people I know to great finishes in the half and the full rev. Big congrats to all of my teammies who crossed the line on Sunday!

It was certainly a day to remember.


  1. congrats to Kel! can't wait to read his race report :)

  2. Yes, a family finish is great. I don't know what WTC is thinking about in not allowing families to finish together at Ironman races. Even at the Syracuse 70.3. I would have gladly shared my IM finishes with someone else and their family.

  3. Congrats Kel! I am so glad that everyone had a great time!

  4. very cool that you all got to run with Kel at the finish. Great picture! Christmas card? : )

  5. Congrats to Kel! It is true, it is a family event even if it is only one person participating as a racer on race day.

  6. Oh my gosh... that last picture is awesome! I'm so glad that I got to spend the day with you. You are such a doll and it just makes me even more excited to see you again soon! Congrats to Kel for an amazing race... so glad that I got to witness it! :) xo

  7. congrats to kel! bummed i didnt get to meet you at rev3Cp..... it's kinda fun being a race sherpa though... i'm doing the same thing for my hubby at IMFL and i can't WAIT :) fun stuff....


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