Well it is finally here. My first triathlon of the year is Saturday. I am super pumped. Pumped to test the legs and lungs .Normally I don't have good luck with a race when I write about it but I will take that chance. I get to go up and spend the night with my best friend and go over to the race site Saturday morning. Do people still have "best" friends? Well I do. I have pretty much known this guy all 34 years of my life. He raced with me last year but isn't going to be able to give it a go this year. He hurt his knee. You gotta watch out for those door jams. His brother will be racing and he is who I am going after. He got me last year but I am gunning for him this year. I thought for sure I was ahead of him last year only to pass him while he was on the back of an out and back run.
Of course I have some goals for this race. Don't we have to? A wise man once said that if you don't aim at anything you will hit it everytime. I don't have a true race goal. I have a bike and run goal so to speak. My bike goal is to average above 20 mph . I know to some of you that isn't very lofty but baby steps first. I averaged right at 19 mph in this race this year. I have been pretty upset at some of my bike averages lately but only to find that my Garmin has been screwing up. Apparently I am not the only one having this problem. I spoke to Garmin about it and it seems that the 310xt has had it fair share. I also don't want to get passed on the bike. I want my run to be in the 8's. That's it. It could be an 8:59 average but that will work. If I hit my run and bike goal the race will take care of itself.
I found my way to the pool finally and didn't drown. I am swimming at the pool at the university gym. I have missed that place. I can't say I went to the gym much while I was in school but just being on campus makes me miss everthing about it. Also, swimming in that pool brings back the memories too. I took a swim class in this pool last year and I honestly think I can still hear coach Mary yelling at me about my breathing. She would always tell me to look out of the corner of my goggle to keep my head in the right position to breath. I need to remember that along with long gliding strokes, catch the water, continue to kick, and everything else to remember while swimming. I have actually been pretty happy with my swimming. I know the week of the race is not the ideal time to start back swimming for the first time since October but it hasn't been that bad. That has more to do with my overall fitness than anything. My plans do include to go to the pool a lot.
Well my bike is all clean and ready, my clothes are all washed and ready and my bags are packed. Am I ready? Yes no make that a YES! I am ready to push myself to achieve some results and have some fun along the way. Having fun really does work. If I can muster up a smile when I'm out there on the run struggling I seem to find another gear. Hey, it seems to work for Chrissie Wellington and she seems to be doing ok.
Race report to follow after the fact.