I am racing tomorrow! It has been a WHOLE MONTH since I have raced :) More importantly, I am racing my first (and only) Olympic Distance Triathlon for the summer.
Even though putting my time goals out on the internet for everyone to see sets me up for a bit of
excuse making disappointment if things don’t go well, I still like to share my goals for the race. So here we go:
Swim – 1500 m
Two open water swims last week gave me a little more confidence, despite not having spent much time in the lake this summer. The wet suit should help make the time a little faster too! I am hoping to stay in the 1:30/100 m range, which means I would like to swim under 23:00 minutes.
Bike – 24 miles
My bike goal is typically always the same: 20+ mph (under 1:15:00). I noticed from
stalking checking out last year’s times that nearly the first 50 women averaged over 20 mph. This tells me two things: it is a fast course and the field is fast!
Run – 6.2 miles
I would like to go under 50 minutes in the run, (about an 8:00 min/mile). More importantly, I really would like to run the entire time. Yeah, um, I am not one who usually walks in races, but in both Olympic Distance races that I have done, I have walked some portion of the run. They were both very hilly courses, so I am hoping that was the major factor and not just that I struggle to run a 10k after swimming 1500 m and biking 24 miles!
I definitely want to keep the transition time down! I know I will need a little more time than I do in sprints because in T1 I have to take off my wetsuit and will probably throw on riding gloves before the bike. I will also likely run in my Brooks PureCadence, which don’t have speed laces. I still think my transitions should both be under or around 1:00. With that being said, I don’t know what the lake exit or swim-to-bike distance will be like, so no big deal if I am over that time.
If I meet all of these goals, my total race time would be right at 2:30. I am looking forward to racing in a more competitive field than I have all summer. This is a bigger race (than the typical <100 people that I have raced so far) and draws from Charlotte and all over NC as well as the Upstate of SC. This means that getting on the podium is not likely, but it is a good test to see where I stand against some fast ladies!
Char and I are headed to Asheville after work for packet pick-up and we are staying in a hotel about 20 miles from the race site. I am looking forward to a relaxing night and a great carb-load in Asheville with racing friends tonight!
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