Friday, October 26, 2012

Traditions - worrying about the weather before the race

Well the caravan has headed out for the West coast of Florida for rev3 Venice. This is my last race for the year.

Of course, if you are watching the weather you know Hurricane Sandy is hanging out off the coast pelting us with sideways rain and 20-30 mph winds (possibly gusting to 50 mph!) Not ideal race conditions. I'm trying not to panic about the weather. Sadly, this year that has become habit.

Looking back this year almost every race after Nautica (April 1st), has had ridiculous weather before the race. Motivation Man - crazy rain till hours before the race. One trilogy it rained hard until seconds before the start. The Key Biscayne half-marathon well that was horrible rain and wind through the whole race actually. Then Escape to Miami also crazy rain and wind the whole day before.

So in theory the storm should move North and not be a big factor on Sunday. But if it doesn't quite do that - well it could be interesting on race day.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Triathlon Training Thursday - again on Friday

Making the self-imposed Thursday deadline for the blog post is something I haven't been so accurate with lately. oops. Oh well.

This week's lame excuse is construction in the house that had the computers all covered up with plastic and also my family arrived for vacation / Rev3 racing.

So, that's exciting. Yesterday we all sat on the couch reading the Rev3 athlete information on the couch. I chose this race for 2 reasons. First, I think the Miami 70.3 course is yucky (the races are the same day), and second but more importantly to me the Rev3 advertising was that the race was family-oriented.

A few weeks ago my sister-in-law emailed the organizers asking was their a playground near the tranisition area and the response we got was a little vague so we were both a little concerned that maybe it wasn't going to be so kid friendly in the end. But the athlete packet was filled with things that are for the family / kids to do. They are having trick-or-treating at the expo (come in costume even), a family adventure race (we're not sure what that is but it sounds like fun), and inflatables to play on near the finish line - plus and this is a biggie for us, a family finish line. That means that without breaking any rules my kids can run with me over the finish line. They love that, I love that and so I'm glad they have it.



Race expectations:

My official goal for this race has been and still is 5:3x. That means anything in the 5:30's so if I hit 5:39 I'll be thrilled. This would be a massive improvement from my first 70.3 and it is a long shot. Why is it a long shot? Well because if you take my recent results at Escape to Miami and extend that to this longer distance it's 5:59. Sadly, that's not the way these things work as the distance gets longer you don't just usually hold the same pace. You usually slow down.

There are a lot of other things that could happen that would work together to not hitting that goal and so while I'm striving for it I'm not emotionally invested in the absolute result.  That being said here's how I hope it plays out.

Swim 40 minutes
Here's hoping for a freak cold snap between now and next Sunday that doesn't bring wind or rain so that we can wear our wetsuits. It's not likely that this will happen but in a swim this long the wetsuit makes a pretty big difference so here's hoping. Also, hoping for little to no surf or current or even a favorable current (which is impossible given the course.) Lastly, the course has to be correctly measured and have enough buoys out for me to swim a straight line. This is I think a smaller race so I could be swimming by myself out there and I tend to swim in not a straight line if I can't see the next buoy.

T1 - 4 minutes
I'm allowing a little extra time here than I think it will take for things like taking off a speedsuit or wetsuit.

Bike 2:59:59
I hope to break 3 hours on the bike. That's the long and short of my goal right there. In order to do this I'll have to stay very focused on the bike and keep the speed up the whole way. Also, a headwind for any significant portion of the course will make this harder but we'll see. Holding 20 mph on the bike is pretty crazy fast for me. My time at my last 56 mile race was 3:01 but in truth the course was a little short according to my watch.

T2 - 4 minutes
Again allowing for extra time and not forgetting to reapply sunscreen.

Run 2:03
Here's the wild card. How much can I expect to be able to run for those 13.1 miles. I walked a lot of my first 70.3 half-marathon which resulted in a not excellent 2:41 time. It was extremely hot. This race will be warm but nowhere near as hot as mid-summer. Still a freak cold-snap would bring this much closer to reality. But can I crank out a 2 hour half-marathon after biking 56 miles? I have no idea. That's the truth. In order to do this I will have to really stay super focused and be willing to be in a very uncomfortable state of pushing hard for the run. This is honestly something I'm not terribly good at doing outside of race days so for example in yesterday's run when I got miserable I slowed down. I'm better at pushing myself in races but I'm not super great at it even then. So, I don't know how this will feel on race day. So we'll see. I am thrilled beyond any imaginable feeling that it's a one loop course. I hate running past the finish line when I still have to do 6 more miles.


That equals 5:38:53 Ahem ...
So that's the goal. I believe a lot in making big goals and then going for it. This is one of those that I'm not sure I can do and I so I won't be crushed if I don't make it as long as I feel like I gave it a good shot. It's going to be fun to race with my brother. He'll probably crush me time-wise but I like race with him. Almost my entire family will be there and that's always the best. Hopefully I remember to pack the t-shirts.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Triathlon Training Thursday - again on Friday

This week has been nutso crazy because of construction at my house. That's actually good news because it means perhaps I've moved past the stage of the perpetual construction delay. On the flip side the dust and the banging are enough to bring chaos to even the most organized mommy and I'm not that organized even.

In the triathlon world I've entered into the taper phase which always makes me edgy. But I'm doing a lot of stretching and generally feeling pretty good.

Oh, and I lost my mind and registered for Ironman France-Nice.

Yup - holy crap.

What makes that even more crazy is that I live in a totally flat state. So, training is a mismatch. But I do actually have a friend who did the race this year and loved it. I keep saying to myself, "Benji did it...so can I."

There are a lot of moments when I'm pretty sure this was a super-dumb decision. Then that passes and I get excited again. I hope it all works out okay.

This is a picture of my front door in progress. We are awaiting inspection of the "beam" to proceed. Please cross your fingers and toes that we are allowed to install the rest of this door today:-)

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Triathlon Training Thursday - 3 weeks and counting

I'm gonna make this quick because I got stuff to do other than this blog post. Mostly I need to go bang out my tempo run but I'm delayed while I charge my watch. My Garmin 305 is giving me the most trouble charging. I plug it in and instead of charging it turns on. If I don't notice it just hangs out there being uncharged and when I pick it up ... no charge. Annoying - very annoying.

Last week most of my training buddies went out to race Augusta 70.3. They all did really well. It's a huge race but it looks like a lot of fun. I might put it on the "want to do" list for next year. But really next year is all up in the air still so no promises.

While they were gone my husband was also out of town. So, I did my long run (which wasn't so long) on Friday, took Saturday off to be a single parent, and then I did my bike ride solo on the trainer Sunday. I moved the bike trainer into the living room, got up early and was all ready to watch some crappy movies and pedal my little heart out. But then ... the kids both got up at 6 am.

I know ... seriously they need to learn to sleep in.

So, I did a total of 2.5 hours on the trainer but it was a lot of start and stop. For example I stopped to make them breakfast. And also the movie ended up being some kids movie that I've already forgotten but really that's not what I had in mind as entertainment. I was bored silly. My training plan had a 4 hour ride but my friend Janine told me 2.5 hours on the trainer is like 4 hours of real riding. I'm pretty sure my trainer session was not equivalent to 4 hours of riding but it was the best I could do.

I have made both swimming workouts this week which is good. Yesterday I did get the barfies half-way through the workout. That hasn't happened in a while. It wasn't a terribly hard workout and so I'm not entirely sure what was up. I got plenty of sleep the night before ... but I didn't really eat well the day before and I think that might have set me off. To be honest my stomach was unsettled when I woke up. So, whatever - I hopped out of the pool onto terra firma for about 2 minutes. Did not actually barf which is always good and then finished the workout. Swimming ... it's just not my comfort sport.

This post could use some photos ... but uh ... there are none. Okay better update next week. 


Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Some fun things

So these images have been going around but if you haven't seen them they are worth sharing.

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1447807309/worlds-best-father-2013-calendar

It's also fun to know that he was totally able to fund his project. It's a tough thing to get funding for creative projects and this is a good one so I'm glad it worked.

And this is a video of a bike exchange during a race. You might have to watch it more than once to see what's happening. I did. Speaking as someone who's afraid to try this mount even once I find it super impressive.

http://vimeo.com/49997914?action=share

Now I'm back to my day as a school mom. Kindergarten as it turns out is a full-time job!