I believe in setting goals for myself on race day that way I know what I am working towards. I do have the long term goal of making it to Kona someday, so I have to set time goals for myself. I also like sharing my times because I feel like it makes me a little bit more accountable for achieving them. Every little bit of motivation helps on race day! So here they are:
|A||1:05||6-6:30||Sub 4||<10 min||11:30-11:59|
|B||1:10||6:30-7||4-4:20||10-15 min||12:00- 12:30|
|C||1:15||7+||4:20 +||15 min plus||12:31+|
Of course the overarching goal is to finish and have fun. If this isn’t fun, there is no reason to keep doing it!
I am fairly confident that I should hit my swim goal. I think the rolling swim start should help a lot and will offset the altitude affects.
The bike is always a guessing game. If there is wind on the course that could greatly affect my time. There is a fair amount of climbing (5000+ feet) so that could make it longer as well. But, I think the course is amazing and it actually rides really fast so I have high hopes that I can finish under 6:30. That would be amazing!
The run is my biggest concern. I had a really good marathon in Arizona, 4:02. I was absolutely shocked how well it went. This course is a bit more challenging because we essentially run up a false flat 5 mile long hill. You can really feel it the last mile. I am hoping that the crowd and atmosphere will help me push through the pain and have a solid run like Arizona.
The biggest concern by far is the weather. We have all become amateur weather reporters now! As of now, it is calling for a high of 90 for the day. That is OK and it should be manageable. But of course, weather can play a huge roll in how the day plays out.
Look next for a post on how to track me race day! Thanks for reading!