Planning My First Race of 2013

It’s about that time of the year when we all are getting fairly serious about planning our races.  Most of us already have a list of the races we want to do – and I’m no exception –  but by “planning” I really mean getting down to the nitty-gritty of PLANNING our races.

My first race of the year is coming up in early May – it’s the Olympic Rev put on by Rev3Tri in Knoxville, TN.


Crossing the finish line at the 2011 Rev3 Knoxville.  Awesome finish line!

Crossing the finish line at the 2011 Rev3 Knoxville. Awesome finish line!


I don’t do a lot of Olympic distance racing, but this race has to be up there on my list of favorites.  The scenery is beautiful, it’s close to my childhood stomping grounds, and it also just happens to be the place where I set my personal best for this distance

The swim for this race is in the Tennessee River – which flows right through Knoxville.  Transition is essentially at the University of Tennessee football stadium (and happens to be inside a parking garage – so it’s covered).  The bike route is fairly technical – and offers some serious climbing and descents.  The run is a dang attractive out-and-back.  The coolest part of this race is the finish line – it’s right smack dab in the middle of the World’s Fair park near downtown Knoxville. 

If you’re looking for a super race to kick-start your season with, I’d encourage you to consider this one. 

Another cool fact – Knoxville will be the location for the 2014 Rev3 pro and age group series – you can gain some really valuable information for that race.  Plus, there are bound to be lots of professional athletes in Knoxville this year too.

If you’d like more details on this race, here are a couple of really solid options:

  • My race report from the last time I raced in Knoxville (in 2011) can be found here.
  • Kelly Williamson – last year’s winner – wrote an awesome story called “Rev3 Knoxville Dissected – What You Need to Know” for Rev3’s blog.  Check it out here.
  • Perhaps even cooler than having last year’s winner give you a breakdown on the race course is having last year’s winner telling you how to train for the race.  That’s exactly what happened on Rev3’s Facebook page.  A reader posted a comment wondering how to train indoors, and Kelly posted a response with a workout suggestion.  How awesome is that!?!  Click this link to go to that post on Facebook (it was from yesterday).