We were fortunate to do a lot of traveling in 2017. This trip came in as my second favorite with Italy as my first. We made this trip as a tri-cation with REV3 having a triathlon in St Andrews Canada. For any triathlete friends, DO THIS RACE! It is a perfect excuse to see a beautiful part of the world and for those that are urbanites, a perfect reason to slow down and enjoy a more laid back vacation. We flew into Bangor and rented our car. Our plan was: St Andrews then Bar Harbor. After we landed we needed to grab some food and found the Friar's Bakehouse thanks to Yelp. It was run by actual Friars with simple/inexpensive meals. They had a small brewery and their bakehouse to support them and it was awesome food. The bakehouse was kindof stuck in the 1980's and there were articles everywhere explaining the history of the bakehouse. We sat with others and ate with some locals. Loved finding this place that was not something I would have naturally picked. A fun experience for all of us.
Crossed the border only for Josh to be annoyed he didn't get his passport stamped! We rolled into the Algonquin resort just to have our room ready. The resort was beautiful and probably the prettiest we have stayed at with that kind of feel. The grounds were palatial and gave a resort with dogs to greet you at the door! We played golf the first day we were there and ate dinner with tri friends before the glow run. Rev3 has always been a family friendly event production and it fun to share in the weekend events with Josh. They had a kids race as well but Josh passed as they originally slated the oldest kids to swim a half of mile and he felt that was too long!
Raceday was so easy with transition right outside the front door and the finish line viewable from our window. I opted for the sprint with a borrowed bike from my friend's 11 year old daughter: Flurry! For a sprint, it was perfect and definitely better than the cost of shipping mine. Per usual, didn't know much about the course going into the race and found two major surprises. 1. The bike was hilly and 2. There was a half mile upward climb from the swim exist back to the transition!.... BLAH! Scott got me in all my glory chugging back up the hill! The run looped around the point of the peninsula. Finished my race and took some time with the fam before heading out with the final finisher. I volunteered to do that (one of my favorite things as a team member) and did the last 8 miles with the last racers on the course. We are simply there to provide encouragement and someone to talk (or not talk) to. The racers I was with at this race were talkers and it was so much fun to get to know both of them. The ultimate final finisher and I shared a teary hug after she crossed which meant a lot to me as I knew I was probably going to relinquish my spot on the team the following year.
|See that speck on the water.. that is a swim buoy. Taken the night before race day.|