>> Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Here are a lot of photos from Rev3 Cedar Point Half and Full Iron race this past weekend. It was their first year holding this event, and they did a dang good job!
We got to Ohio on Friday afternoon, met a lot of my wife’s EvoTri teammates for supper at a pub in Cleveland, and then drove to Sandusky that evening.
I had the pleasure of sharing a room with these 2 babes:
Pharmie and Rural Girl (and TriSaraTops stayed with us Saturday night too)
Pharmie being interviewed by Stu
Robby being interviewed with a lot of the team in the background
It was cute how Charlie’s girls came running over to watch their dad be interviewed
Getting some video of the team riding with pro triathlete Sam Warriner
JP, Sam, and Stu
Chris, Rural Girl, Stu, Robby, and JP
Pharmie at Lake Eire
Robby skipping (like a girl) over the waves
Dolphin-diving though the waves
Coming back in
Later in the day, they all went to get their bikes set up in transition. Here’s Pharmie and Rural Girl heading out of transition after parking their bikes:
A sign along a narrow road just outside of the park that
I thought should be placed on the race course. ;)
Because I’d be sharing a room with 3 wonderful women that night, I figured I’d better NOT let my swassy, stanky shorts ruin a good night’s sleep. So I wedged them outside of the window, between the window and the screen:
You’re welcome Rural Girl, TriSaraTops, and Pharmie! ;)
We all got up and got dressed. I changed into my “cheering outfit:”
Yep, that’s a shirt with a hotdog giving 2 thumbs-up
On the shuttle to transition
Out of the water in 3rd, with 4th and 5th right on his tail
Starting the bike
Heading through T2 (with a camera hot on his tail) in second place
Anyway... I had a box of Krispy Kremes with me at the race start, and I asked if anyone wanted one. Robby said it was “just a fun race” for him, so he KILLED a donut a few minutes before starting his Half Iron race:
Best. Photo. Ever.
Charlie, Chris, Robby, TriSaraTops, Pharmie, and Rural Girl
Guys ready to start. Chris and Robby are in the front row to the right.
Just before the ladies start
Pharmie, TriSaraTops, and Rural Girl all heading into the lake
Robby out of the water with the 5th fastest swim split!
Chris heading into T1
Pharmie out of the water
Pharmie running past
Starting the bike
The first 2 guys back from the bike. JP is the one to the right.
JP FLYING out to start the run in second place!
Beth Schutt (who I meet on the beach the day before) hitting the run in second!
Just like a pro, she had a camera in her face all of T2! Awesome!
Trying to (awkwardly) get her number and hat on at the same time
Running out of T2
Starting the run as I was shouting “You can run a 2:10 and still break 6!!”
JP and Chris after finishing. JP got 2nd and Chris got 5th!
Beth taking the WIN!! Congrats Beth!
“Mama Simmons” finishing well under 5 hours as the 4th female!
Rural Girl finishing with a smile!
TriSaraTops finishing with her son
But after just a few seconds, I saw her EvoTri jersey off in the distance!! She had her PR! I was getting a little misty-eyed as she was coming down the chute:
A new PR and a new medal!
Eric finished and had one of the Krispy Kreme’s that I was still carrying around!
Charlie and his girls after he finished!
Helping frail, fragile,
Robby and Pharmie bookin’ it to the next ride before the park closed
Before riding Magnum (that’s what she said) for the first time.
We were able to hop on again right away when it’s normally a 1-3 hour line!
E-Speed’s photo of us. I’m pointing to my new “Sheriff Steve” badge!
Finish line and Jumbo-Tron that shows a photo of each finisher
2 people hitting the finish line
- The Half Iron event was great! Lots of hype, a fun finish line, and a great atmosphere.
- I was around to hear volunteers being given their jobs (like when I was hanging out near transition during the swim and while everyone was on the bike), and the “head volunteers” and the “regular volunteers” were all GREAT. Looking at the help they had out there, you’d NEVER guess this was a first year event.
- Because the Full Iron was so small, the finish line was really quiet in the later evening. This is where an Ironman sanctiond event has a Rev3 event beat. But if Rev3 gains in popularity in the next year or 2, watch out Ironman!
- My biggest criticism for the race was the finish line area. I was in an area that was blocked off from the park, and there wasn’t a single bathroom or porta-potty in that area. I was there watching 4:30 finishers though 6:00+ finishers, and I had to “hold it” because I didn’t have time to head back down the beach, trek along the lake for a 1/4 mile (walking in shoes in sand SUCKS), back up the beach, and into the transition area to use a porta-potty there. That’s a 15:00 trek (round trip), and I can’t leave the finish line for that long when I’m cheering on so many people. And what about families with kids in that area? They’d have to make a long, sandy walk whenever Billy says “Mommy, I’ve gotta go poop.” That was poor planning on Rev3’s part. (As soon as Pharmie had caught her breath a little, I said I needed to sprint back to transition to do my business.) And not to mention the area that I was in was only about 5 feet wide for about 60 feet, and in some places it got quite narrower. I can’t tell you how many “traffic jams” I saw with senior citizens or mom’s with strollers trying to make it through this long narrow area. If anyone from Rev3 is reading, here are my suggestions:
1. Put some potties in the finisher's area in the "park" side and the "beach" side.
2. Bleachers. The finisher's chute needs a place for spectators to take a load off. It's a long day for everyone out there.
3. Move the chute 5 feet more into the park. Give the spectators more room on the "beach" side.
All that being said, I'd LOVE to do one of Rev3's Half Iron events. Great race! Fun people! Well put together overall!
Finally, here are links to blogs of those people I've mentioned above:
- Pharmie: my lovely wife. (She gave her thoughts of Rev3 on her blog.)
- Robby B: speedy swimmer and doughnut lover. (He burped doughnuts for the entire race.)
- TriSara Tops: set a major PR and finished with her son.
- Stu: Simply Stu. Fun dude to hang out with.
- Rural Girl: 2nd in AG and put up with me all weekend.
- Charlie: his daughter's love him.
- JP: second overall! What a beast.
- Sweet: 5th overall - amazing!
- David Thompson: local pro triathlete (who used my photos in his blog post) who took 3rd in the Iron race!
- Beth Schutt: first female!
- Mama Simmons: 4th female and finished with a smile.
- E-Speed: roller-coaster buddy.
- Eric: finished his day with a doughnut.