It seems like I have raced a ton lately, doesn’t it?! That’s probably because tomorrow will mark the 4th time in 5 weeks that I have participated in some kind of race!
First there was Tri the Rock Sprint Tri, then the Random 5k in Michigan and of course the Krazy Kow 5k, which was just for fun, but still a race. Tomorrow I will be racing in yet another sprint triathlon:
This has been on my radar for a while because a HUGE group of tri friends that I train with are also racing it. I was also considering an international distance race this weekend that is part of the series where I get free entries (hard to pass that up!). Ultimately I decided on the sprint because the international is roughly 2 1/2 hours away and this one is only a 20-minute drive! Short drive trumps free race, with the “friends” factor also weighing heavily on the decision.
The downside is that it is yet another pool swim, which I dislike immensely now that I have been in the open water this year!
400 m pool swim – I entered my projected finish time as 5:20 (1:20/100 m) and I would like to be as close to that as possible.
14 mile bike – As always, 20+ mph (roughly 42:00)
5k Run – Sub 21:15, roughly a 6:50 min/mile.
My transitions were spot-on at my last sprint, T1 – 42 seconds, T2 – 28 seconds. My goal is to be in this range tomorrow as well.
One final goal. I have raced against my great friend Char for 2 summers now and I have never beat her. Last summer, with a new bike and improved bike fitness, I was closer, but never did it. We have a very friendly and supportive rivalry and a ton of respect for each other’s strengths, but goshdarnit, I want to beat her! (Hi Char, love you!)
It is a little odd in a pool swim because it is basically a time trial and you have no idea where you are compared to others, so I will just have to go as hard as I can and see how it turns out! Either way, it will be a blast to see and cheer for tons of familiar faces out on the course!
Happy Friday and good luck to everyone else racing this weekend!