There is a laker/river within five minutes of our house with a boat dock. It is actually a private dock, but the only people that live there are wealthy people from Chicago that have a "summer home," so we just went ahead and used their dock.We weren't necessarily going for a certain distance swim; we just wanted to try out the wetsuits. So, we decided to aim a good ways down the lake to a boat that was tied up and go for it. Jennifer hopped in first and bobbed to the surface. She said "I'm Floating!" I jumped in too, and not only was I very comfortable, but I felt like I had a body-life-jacket on. I couldn't believe it. We started swimming, and it tripped me out a little bit. I've done open water swims before, so I know how much different it is than in a pool, but I still got a little jacked up in the head this time. I had to stop for a minute and catch my breath before continuing. I did o.k. on the way to the boat, and I couldn't believe how much easier swimming in a wetsuit is! It was incredible, and I almost felt like I was cheating. On the way back, I felt a whole lot better. I got a really good rhythm going of breathing and sighting. I had to make a few adjustments to what I've been practicing in the pool, but I think I've got it down and am ready for Sunday. We are so STOKED about this race.
So here are my goals for this race.
Swim: 35 min.
T1: 2 min.
Bike: 1 hour 14 min. (20 mph average)
T2: 2 min.
Run: 56 min. (9 min/mile average)
Total: 2 hours 50 minutes
I realize that some of these numbers are a little "sandbaggerish," but I'm not trying to prove anything. I'm pretty sure the swim will go much better than 35 minutes, but I'm a slow swimmer. I think I can handle the bike if I crank it. The course looks pretty flat. I think I can do better on the run than 9 min. miles, but it just depends on how I'm feeling. I guess we'll just have to see what happens.
I'll get a race report to ya as soon as I get back. Have a great weekend, and good luck to all of you that are training or racing.