* 1) I've been playing around with Jesse's triathlon calculator. Fun times! The calculator was accurate in predicting my performance in the Sprint I did in June, except the run, where is was wrong by over 1 minute (a lot for a 5K run).
So, just for fun, will I beat Jesse's estimation?
Here is what he says I will do (transitions included):
Swim: 39:34 - I would be very happy with this!
Bike: 3:23:37, 16.5 MPH (the course has you climb 59 feet/mile) - this is way better than I think I can do on this course, my best pace for 56 miles thus far has been 17.7 MPH on a gentler course.
RUN: 1:50:27, 8:26 pace (I entered this course as very hilly, given the 104 feet/mile climb) - I hope to do better than this...
Total: 5:56: 39 - I would be walking on clouds to get a sub 6 on this course.
* 2) I love to play hypothetical games with Chris, and have him give me predictions (of race times, papers accepted for publication, conferences, rain estimates, etc, etc). He really struggles with these, which makes the game more interesting to me (you know this, Chris!).
So the other day I asked him to tell me when am I going to cry during the HIM. He said "toward the end of the bike". Hrr. At least he did not say during the swim. Can I prove him wrong and not cry until the end of the run? (LOL).
Taper is going well. Legs feel good. I did a 12 miler today, Garminless, easy to moderate, with pick ups. Felt great. My last long ride (72 miles) + 3 mile run was on Thursday and it went very well. I have been getting a big concerned that my post bike runs have been fairly short, mostly 2-4 miles (with only one 6 miler after a 30 mile ride) and at about 30 secs to 50 secs/mile faster than what I plan to do in the HIM. However, an article in the August's issue of the Triathlete's magazine talked about how this is a better strategy as opposed to the longer and slower post bike runs (assuming one does longer runs outside the bricks, which I did galore!).
I had a sucky swim on Wednesday, but 2 great swims on Friday (both short) so my swimming is still a hit or miss. Hopefully a hit in the HIM. I am still working out nutrition - I think I'll aim for 200-250 cal/hours on the bike (that is something like 600-750 or more given how slow I am) mostly from gels and bananas and cliff bars (solids between 30 min-2:30 only). I'll carry one bottle of Nuun and one of water, and will exchange the water bottle at the water stops. I'll be taking about 2 Endurolytes per hour, or more if it is going to be hot. I am yet to write my race plan, but hopefully this weekend! My race gear is picked - call me nuts, but I will change from bike shorts to running shorts! The top will stay the same.
This week I'll be doing next to nothing in terms of swim/bike/run, and that will be challenging. I plan on practicing transitions a lot, both in my head and in actuality. Plus I have a ton of work to do given that we are leaving for Romania the day after the race!
Good luck to all the Timberman racers. I'll be checking on you all tomorrow!
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