I Predict... that Sunday will be the hardest and most rewarding day of my entire life.
I Predict... that although it is going to be tough, I will keep a smile on my face throughout the race (mostly) :)
I Predict... that I will have the greatest cheering crew out there including Jennifer, Caffrey, Dad and Grandpa Smith, Trevor and Wyntre Stout (Jenn's bro and wife), Tom and Colleen Kingery, Brittany Woods, Neil Arnold, and countless others tracking online and cheering from different states.
I Predict... that I'll be able to see them all very clearly, because they'll be wearing THESE babies!!!
I Predict... that there will be a whole lot of people that finish in front of me, but there'll be a bunch behind me too.
I Predict... that I'll make a ton of new friends, especially out on the run course.
I Predict... that I will see Josh Woods, Karen Whitlock, David Brannon, or Keith Shoemaker out on the course somewhere, although I'm pretty sure that they all will be waiting at the finish line by the time I get there.
I Predict... that it is going to be hot. REALLY HOT, but I'm ready for that and will continually be drinking!!
And here are my PREDICTIONS for my race splits.
SWIM: 1 hour 30 minutes
I'm a slow swimmer, and I'm just going to take my time. This is the smallest part of the day, and there is no need to blow up because of a cooked swim.
|One of the most unique Ironman swim starts...|
Again, why hurry? I want to make sure I don't forget anything.
Bike: 6 hours 34 minutes
So here is the big question. To get this time, I'll average 17mph. I know I can go a whole lot faster, but I don't want to pop on the run, so I think it's in my best interest to back it down and take it easy. That being said, if I'm feeling good, I wouldn't mind averaging faster. We'll see what happens!
|It's a beautiful course full or horse farms.|
I'm changing at both transitions, so it might take me quite a bit of time. Plus, there could be some stretching at this one. It's only 26.2 miles left, right?
Run: 5 hours
I don't enjoy running usually, and I doubt I'll enjoy it any more after doing 2/3 of an Ironman. So, let the death shuffle begin! The plan is to run between the aid stations as far as I can go. I've got a bunch of Ironfans that may or may not hop out on the course to run (walk, let's be real!) a little bit with me.
|Finish line on 4th Street Live!!!|
Thank you to all that have supported me through this whole journey. We've got one very very long day until it's done. If you would like to track me, my bib number is #1456, or you can search for Matthew Smith in the 30-34 age group. This is my first race in that group! Yikes! I'm getting old!!!