All I can start off with is WOW, I have 4 weeks till my event! Training has, well to be frank, sucked for me over the last two weeks. I’m getting in most of the long stuff, but my weeks are filling up with work and personal obligations, so I’m not getting everything done. I’ve had two long bike rides (80 and 100 miles) and have had issues with hydration and/or food on both of them. Either I feel like I’m stopping every hour for the bathroom (lots of triathletes just go while riding, but I don’t think I can bring myself to do it), or I feel completely exhausted from not eating enough. I did switch to Hammer nutrition and also added some real food too to make me feel satisfied. If you’ve never done a 100 mile/6 hour bike ride, let me tell you it is LONG. I will need to check my watch again too, it stopped collecting data on my 100 mile ride, and I don’t want to lose it on the long course.
This week I have a few hours every day, but Saturday will be a 1/2 Iron distance. Completely on my own and not supported for water or food, so there is a lot of planning. I do hope to have a few folks from my club (Mojo) to join me for parts, especially the swim, but this is an individual sport. I’m feeling rather good about the swim, the bike for 56 will be ok as well. The 1/2 marathon I’ll have to go easy on. I don’t want to mess up my knees now with only a few weeks left.
As for the next few weeks. I have a somewhat light week this week, then next week is hard again. The last two weeks prior will be taper, but not sitting on my a$$. Next week I will swim the entire 2.4 in open water, and I will ride the full 112. Again, I will be easy on my run, but would like to see 15 miles or so.
During the Rev3 event, I’m shooting for 1:25 Swim, I’m crossing my fingers for a 7 hr bike, and then I have no time requirement for the run, just to finish before midnight. I would like to run at least 11Min pace, but I have to keep going back to my primary goal. FINISH 140.6!
I did decide on my clothing though. I will use a sleeveless wetsuit in the swim. On the bike I am going to have bike shorts on and not tri-shorts. I know this will hurt my transition time, but I would rather have a little comfort on my 7hr ride than be 10 min. faster in T1. Also picked up some new running shoes as well, and have been breaking them in over the last week. Nothing will be new for the race, and that is the way I like it. I also will be using my water belt on the run. I know it will be provided every mile, but I would rather have it with me. I also can carry some more hammer food as well as raisins. I’ve been using them a lot as they have a huge carb content. On the bike I’ll have 3 bottles, two are fixed and won’t change, the 3rd will be used to replenish my aero bottle. The other fixed one will have a high concentrate of Hammer perpentuem to last me 8 hours.
Still trying to plan out my transitions, bike prep, and any special needs bags I might need. Also need to ride/drive the course to review it for hills and see what I can guess my speed will be. I won’t do that until the weekend of at this point though. Lets hope for calm waters, and no wind! This is starting to feel very real. A year ago, I could joke about the distance a bit. Today I find them a touch overwhelming. I will have to rely on my training and trust that the hard head that got me into this, will also get me through it.
I’ll try to write again just before the event, as well as a follow-up.