South Carolina, oh beautiful South Carolina, how I miss the so. *Sigh*. I love South Carolina. My beautiful Alma Mater is nestled in the mountains in Greenville. Furman University :-).
How can you not fall in love with a campus that has this as it’s center!!! AMAZING!!!
So when I have a chance to visit the state and near Greenville I will go. I was giddy when Rev3 announced years ago they were hosting a race in the Anderson area. So I gathered myself and headed to SC again this year to support Rev3 and cheer people on!!! Due to my lack of training I decided racing wasn’t the smart thing to do. And when you get to Anderson you are greeted like this:
Seriously beautiful…you forget your racing or spectating!!!
I got there Friday just in time to check into the hotel and meet some fellow teammates at Mellow Mushroom in downtown Anderson. It was great to have some down time with them. Before we knew it it was time to hit the hay and get some shut eye for tomorrow’s warm-up/check-in/fun day.
Saturday morning rolled around and me and my roommates, Chloe and Heidi, threw our bikes on the back of my car and we scurried to the swim practice. After cheering for the ugliest wetsuit contest we decided to swim a little.
The water felt perfect. I was kind of jealous that they were all racing and I wasn’t but I knew I would cause more problems than solve my mental desire to race again.
I love that all us athletes have very similar day before a race routine because those teammates that were hanging around all changed and got ready for a little bike ride.
Besides cheering this was one of my favorite times. If only we all lived near each other. I couldn’t help but smile the whole time!!!! We rode for only an hour but it was wonderful. Thanks to Ryan, Chloe, Anthony, Heidi, and Joshua!!! I heart you all.
After hanging out with more awesome teammates and checking in at the expo Heidi, Chloe, and I grabbed some lunch, checked their bikes in and headed to relax and watch some Kona action on our little iPads :-). We also had to rest up for the Rev3Glow Run that was happening that night. WOOT WOOT.
Love me some green screen
So fabulous Chipolte for lunch then taco chicken meat/mexican for team dinner = interesting glow run 5k. Besides the not so happy tummy and the constant belching I had a pretty nice jog with teammate and weekend roommate Summer.
Summer was a trouper and DROVE 18, or some ridiculous hours, to get to the race. Mostly the half was a National USAT Qualifier. Qualify here go to China.
We resigned ourselves back to the hotel room so those racing could get their stuff together for the next day’s race. I had to organize my cheer gear so I could try to be everywhere and take photos. This proved harder than I thought because half the team was racing the Olympic and the other half was racing the 70.3. I was able to get most but not all. For that I feel bad :-(.
Anyways, talking about feeling slow being surrounded by amazing athletes will make you feel like that. The cool thing is most of those are very humble. But I’ll toot their horn. Chloe killed it on the olympic and earned a pukie award as well as 2nd in her age group. Summer finished first overall half Aquabike and earned her spot onto the National Team…look for her to get faster and stronger through the years!!! Heidi killed her half aquabike as well but is saved her legs as she was suffering a calf strain. But this girl finished 10th overall on IMFL last year! The boys are just amazing and I can’t keep up with all of their accomplishments.
IF you have an opportunity to race Rev3Anderson put it on your list. You don’t want to miss this amazing race series and race course. Beautiful smooth lake for a swim, gorgeous scenery for a rolling hills bike ride, and a great run course. You don’t want to miss this race. Come and enjoy!!!
I am so proud of all my teammates! I loved watching each one of you race and give it your all. Stay amazing Team Rev3.