This past week has been a scorcher. Temperatures were up in the high 80’s and low 90’s with brutal humidity. Thankfully, it is a race week and my training volume was a bit less. Although it may have been the fact that it was a race week that it was so tough. I always feel like crap during those easy weeks. Regardless I made it through and now I have a entire day off of training tomorrow since it is the day before Rev3 Quassy Half.
We made our way up to Middlebury, CT this afternoon. When we got on I-84 I spotted some heavy traffic further down the road and we detoured through the back streets of CT. It was pretty cool drive with the little towns and well forested land. I didn’t see any of the gross McMansion developments like we have at home. All the houses are well spaced out and each one is different. One thing I noticed as we got closer to the area where the triathlon takes place is that almost every road had the word “hill” in it. And we drove up and down some nasty ones too. Should be an interesting race!
Eventually we got to the Quassy Amusement Park, which is ground-zero for the triathlon event. My wife and I were pretty excited to go and ride the roller coaster this weekend, but were a bit disappointed when we arrived and saw how small the place was. It is basically the size of a decent size carnival. The roller coaster is is wooden and pretty small. We parked the car and made our way to the packet pickup area and collected my bibs, stickers, and number tattoos. We then sauntered over to the pavillion area where they had setup the Rev3 gear store. I grabbed my swag bag which was basically just a visor and a couple of tickets to the park. I then purchased a new Rev3 “Purist” water bottle to replace the one I will toss during the race and my wife got yet another pair of Newton running shoes. I think we need to take stock in that company. They were 30% off and they gave her a free pair of socks and a hat.
We then headed up the road to Maggie McFly’s for dinner. It is a pretty cool Irish pub-style place with 2 floors and totally open in the center where bar is and all kinds of stuff hanging from the ceiling. We had to wait a few minutes and ended up getting this large corner booth. It was a bit weird sitting next to each other like that. I had some veggie pot stickers and veggie pasta dish which was pretty good. My wife ordered some vegetable medley side which ended up being a pile of corn with a piece of carrot in the middle. LOL! She sent that back for some asparagus which was just a bunch of it thrown on the plate. She also got a grass-fed burger which she said was pretty good. Place was pretty busy and you can spot all the triathletes coming in and out of the place.
After dinner we headed further west to Southington, CT to our hotel. I had originally booked a Courtyard in Waterbury, but later realized they had no refrigerator or microwave in the rooms. I then got on Hotels.com and switched it up for a Comfort Suites in Southington, which is a little further west. It is worth it to have some cooking facilities. The Comfort Suites had good reviews and they are pretty accurate. Place is very nice and clean and the room has all the goodies. Even have a sofa to chill on.
Well tomorrow is a big chill day. We are planning on hitting Hartford and New Haven with a stop back at the park to drop my bike off for transition and mandatory race meeting. I hate how those are right in the middle of the day! Anyway that is all for now.