My instinct tells me to run like hell, but my plan is to get my money's worth during this race. I plan to take things conservatively, especially on the bike, and whatever happens happens. In most races I tend to want to leave everything on the course, not leaving feeling like I could have given more. Unfortunately in my last race, I left everything on the course, including some of my face and shoulder. This time I guess I plan to take some of it with me. I'll leave some of it on the course, but I'm going to take a lot of it too so that I will be in good shape for my next races.
Speaking of the next races, I am upping the distance from here on out. In October I will be competing in the inaugural Lifetime Fitness Oceanside Triathlon. This will be an olympic distance race, which is a 1.5k swim, 45k bike, and a 10k run. Then in December I will be competing in the HITS Half Triathlon in Palm Springs. This will be a 1.2 mile swim, a 56 mile bike, and a half marathon. That one I am looking forward to because it will be a light field, and it will be much cooler out (I seem to do better in the cold). In these two races I plan to bring my "A" game and leave it all on the course.
So the plan for this Sunday is to do the following:
- Swim as fast as I can with good form - In the previous races I took the swim very conservatively and was able to improve my confidence. I want to push a little harder to see where this puts me. This will probably put me in the front of the middle of the pack.
- Practice smooth and fast transitions, getting in and out in under 2 minutes.
- Bike conservatively, focusing on keeping the rubber on the road, and not playing cat and mouse with aggressive racers.
- Run as fast as I can with good form.
So in reality, I am hoping for very good swim and run splits with an acceptable bike split averaging 20 mph. It should be a fun race, and I'm really looking forward to completing it. Be assured that a race report will come shortly after.