But I can't, so all I can do is give a feeble prediction of what I think MAY happen. The only thing I really KNOW will happen is that I'm going to have fun! I haven't trained for 6 months to go out and have a bad attitude and be disappointed in anything. It's all good...whatever happens. I must say that I have learned so much from you all as I've started this journey, and you better believe that I will be thinking about all my blogger buddies as I'm cranking away the miles, ALL 70.3 of them!
The training is done, the body is rested, the date has basically arrived, so now it's just time to DO THIS! This morning, Jenn wanted to go for an easy ride, so we enjoyed 17 miles of easy, EASY spinning. It was nice to keep the legs moving. Yesterday, Josh and I went to Lake Michigan and
SO, NOW FOR THE PREDICTIONS
Swim: 35-40 minutes
I really don't have much of a clue as to how long it will take me since I don't normally swim in a wetsuit or with a current. I will say that I normally plod along at a minute/lap in the pool. If that were the case for race day, and I don't think it will be anywhere close to that, it would take me 42 minutes or so. What I really think will happen is that I'll be really surprised at how fast it goes. That being said, Matty O swam it in 35:13, and Kevin Neumann swam it in 33:47, and there's no way I'm as fast as those speed demons! At least I get to swim in my "Full-Body-Life-Jacket" a.k.a. wetsuit! :)
T1: 5:00 minutes
The run from the beach to the bikes doesn't look too terrible, but I don't really know where my bike will be racked yet. Getting the wetsuit off and putting on my sweet new Swiftwick socks (yes, I'm a pansy for wearing socks) will take some time, so I've allowed 5 minutes. Think that's enough?
Bike: 3 hours
This is where strategy really comes into play. I've ridden the Steelhead course 5 or 6 times, and it's no big deal. I have no problem cranking out 19.5mph or so, and that's not even race pace. I'm not at all worried about the biking section, but I do know that there is a half-marathon after it. So, the plan is to cool it on the bike. I know I can do it in 2:45 or less, but the goal is to average 18.5-19mph. That way, I'll have something left in the gas tank AND the legs for the run. Pray that I don't get a flat!!!
T2: 3:00 minutes
There's not too much to do in T2, so I've only allowed 3 minutes. I think that slappin' my running shoes on, grabbing my hat, and yanking on my Garmin won't take more than 3 minutes including the running to and from the bike rack. By the way, I promised you I'd show you my new shoes, so here they are:
|Don't worry, I've run in them several times to "break them in."|
Run: 2 hours and 11 minutes
Now here is where the mental toughness and strength comes into play. I'm giving myself a TON of time to run it (10 minute miles), so that I don't have to stress about getting my goal. The hardest brick I've done was a 20 miler with a 9 mile run following. I ended up doing 9:05's for those running miles, so I think I'll be able to squeeze under 10 minute/miles. If you ask me, I think it's a little bit of a sand bag goal, but who knows.
Overall Goal: UNDER 6 HOURS
I'm not worried about where I place in our age group. I don't really care that my goal is fairly easy for many people. I'm just happy to be doing a Half Ironman! It's gonna be awesome!
Come Sunday, if you happen to be around, or just wonder what I'll be wearing, here's the "kit."
Hot tan lines, right?
But for now, it's off to the Expo I go. I think I'll meet Kevin today! Hoorah! Thanks for all the nice comments and emails you guys have sent me. They sure are encouraging! I'll do my best to crank out a race report as soon as I can.