Rev3 Portland Race review

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~ This was posted on - July 15, 2011

Rev3 Portland could not get it together with the city of Lake Oswego on the traffic plan… and had to change the venue from the most excellent downtown riverfront, to old and tired Blue Lake Park.  Blue Lake is well-trod by AA Sports.  The change in venue was not worth the pricey entry fee Rev3 charged, but what can you do?  The venue change was made two days after refunds expired.

Aside from the public relations fiasco, Rev3 saved a lot of money by not having to pay more than a handful of cop to monitor the flat out-and-back course.  The original course would have required dozens of traffic cops.

That said, the actual race was conducted well.  These guys obviously know what their doing.

My last 1/2 Iron distance was two years ago at Black Diamond, and my performance Sunday was 30 minutes better… A GOOD DAY!

Some nice touches:
- Good swag: A visor and two technical shirts!
- Kids: My kids ran the finish line with me, and they had finishers medals for them too.. that was thoughtful.
- Volunteers: the course was well staffed, including PORTLAND TRI’s aid station, which I used of course!

Swim: The swim was a warm up.  Felt good, and natural.  A little bumping, but not bad.
Bike: Always fun.  I have a road bike with clip on aerobars, so I felt a bit out-classed. Did you see those pro bikes?  I think I could have pushed harder, but was waiting for the…
Run: Didn’t use a fuel belt for the first time in a race because the aid stations were frequent and well stocked.  Held a chipper pace until mile 10 when I began to fall apart.  That’s the life!

Best moment: A great picture my wife took on the swim exit.
http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150364875673056.423870.626…
Bad moment: mile 30 on the bike, mile 10 thru 13 on the run, and my sunburn today.

Congratulations everybody!

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