I have been contemplating my goals for this race for MONTHS. In manic-depressant endurance-athlete-fashion, I waiver between having the confidence that I can have a crazy fast (for me) race and the self-doubt that makes me think I should just be happy with a PR. But I have worked hard for this race and I truly think I am capable (barring any race-day disasters) of setting my goals high and dreaming BIG.
So, for those of you who are curious, my goals:
Swim: The swim is in the inter-coastal canal with the current/tide coming in and it is predicted to be strong for the halfers this year. Water temps were originally predicted to be 62-68*, but currently the temps are sitting at 74*, barely wet suit legal!
- “A” Goal: Sub-25:00 (Augusta was 23:09 with REALLY strong currents)
- “B” Goal: 27:30 (1:25/100m)
- Don’t freak out in the salt water. I have never done an open water swim in anything but fresh water and that makes me a little nervous.
Bike: The bike is flat. Like pancake flat. This should make for a fast split, except there is a possibility of heavy winds, which I am terrified of because I have zero experience with wind.
- “A” Goal: 20+ mph (Sub-2:48:00)
- “B” Goal: Faster than Augusta (including flat tire): 2:59:44 (18.7 mph)
- Don’t panic about wind. Don’t push too hard against it and use it to cruise when it is behind me.
- Don’t panic over a flat. Calmly change the tire and get going.
Run: The run is mostly flat, except a bridge going in and out of downtown Wilmington. This is where I can really, really pick up time from Augusta’s disaster of a run (2:17).
- “A” Goal: Sub-2:00
- “B” Goal: Sub-2:00 (and C, D, E goal!)
- Don’t walk.
Transitions: I know there is a short run out of the water and since it will be cool, I will have to put on arm warmers, both will add time to T1. But we don’t have to rack our own bikes at T2, which should save time and hopefully won’t be counteracted by having to find my T2 bag among the crowd.
- “A” Goal: Combined under 6:00
- “B” Goal: Faster than Augusta. T1: 4:14, T2: 2:28
- “A” Goal: Sub-5:20
- “B” Goal: Sub-5:30
- “C” Goal: PR (Sub-5:47)
It scares me A LOT to put that ‘A’ Goal out there. Like, a lot. I had told myself that this would be my super-secret-stretch goal. But when I break it down into each individual piece, it doesn’t seem quite as scary. I truly believe (again, barring any outside factors) that I am capable of it, I just need to go out and have a great race and push through the pain (and pray to the tri-Gods for no flat tire, mechanical disasters, GI issues, cramps, etc.).
Of course, I also want to have fun, be in the moment and truly enjoy the race. I LOVED Augusta. I had so much fun on the course and the whole day was amazing. I really, really hope I leave B2B with a similar feeling.
Jenni and I are leaving today after work to head to Wilmington. It should take about 4 hours to get there. By the time we get in (around 8ish), we will probably check-in to the hotel and chill.
Tomorrow, in addition to going to the expo/packet pick-up and dropping our bikes in T1, we will do a little shake-out ride and check out the swim start. There is a mandatory pre-race meeting that we will catch at noon and we have to turn in our T2 bags before 5 (this has been stressing me out for weeks). I am super excited to see Tonia and have dinner with her tomorrow after she is done working the expo!
Saturday morning, we will take the bus from the hotel next door to ours to T1 at 6 a.m. Once we get to T1 and set up our stuff, get marked, etc. there is a trolley to take us to the swim start. There is no pre-race bag check, so everything we bring to the swim start will be discarded. Even if Brad was there to sherpa, spectators aren’t allowed at the swim start, so you have to plan ahead either way. Weird huh?!
I am Bib #1305, purple swim cap and we start at 8:55. I will post tracking info tomorrow!
Some tidbits I picked up from reading my new Twitter friend, Karen’s, B2B race report from last year:
- Bring socks & a stocking cap to the start! You will probably have cold feet (literally, not figuratively)
- Use goggle defogger, it is hard to sight.
- Shoot for the first ladder at the swim out so you don’t overshoot because of the current and have to swim back against the current.
- Check out the B2B Facebook page! This has been a great source for general info about where the deepest water (read: fastest current) will be and other little odds & ends.
- Organize transition bags before leaving home. (maybe this will help that stress I mentioned above?!)
I am all packed up and ready to get through this day so we can hit the road! I think all of the anxiety and nervousness will turn into excitement once Jenni and I are headed to Wilmington. Then the next day and a half, we can talk all things triathlon and race day without any other distractions!
Here we go…I AM READY.