Race Report: Rev3 Costa Rica – 6th

I was super excited to head back to Rev3 Costa Rica. It’s one of my favorite destination races. Last year I had my honeymoon here, so Costa Rica is a special place for me. It also marks the start of the race season.

Training had been going pretty well this year so far. Unfortunately I got sick after Panama, which lingered for a couple of weeks.

I arrived in Costa Rica on Thursday and after deep negotiations with the cab driver at the airport, we finally managed to get to our hotel. After I arrived and went to unpack my bike, I realized that I forgot my Di2 battery. So, I had to announce to the Twitter world that I’m a dumbass and after some old-forgetful-man jokes from Paul Matthews and his fiance Hillary, I found some nice friends to bring me one (Thanks Erin and Rob Spitler).

Going into the swim, I knew I would have some hard work to do. With Cam, Brian, Leo and Manny racing, the swim pack was fast, so I tried to stay as close to them as possible. I exited the swim down on the front pack and spent the whole bike trying to catch up. I had two guys in sight, but then a car backed out in front of me and I had to come to a stop. After that they got away and bridged the gap to the front. I’ve been training hard on the bike lately – maybe too hard, because I felt pretty average the whole ride.

My run was pretty solid. I felt good most of the way but just wasn’t able to get out of fourth gear the whole day. With 1K to go, I managed to catch Leo to get 6th, which put me in the money and gave me some good points for the Rev3 series.

Big thanks to Krista for helping organize all the pros and also to Charlie Patten, the Rev3 race boss. He’s willing to get his hands dirty and work the aid stations. You don’t see that too much anymore. Respect. Also thanks to Recovery Pump, Kestrel, TYR, Rudy Project, Shimano, Powerbar and Pearlizumi for providing me with awesome race and recovery gear.

If anyone is looking for a great destination holiday race, I highly recommend this race.