This race is about 70 miles north of us, originally we planned on staying the night because my daughter will be doing her first traithlon on Saturday, but then we decided to just drive up twice. I've labeled the times we'll be getting up as kid-cracka (race starts at nine) and butt-cracka (race starts at seven.)
This swim is an out and back similar to Liberty, except I have heard a few horror stories about last year's race. Apparently, unlike Liberty, they do not have a "neutral zone", so if people drift across the line they will be heading into oncoming traffic. My first traithlon suffered from this problem, it's not awesome. Also according to the last email they sent out, the waves will be groups of 100. That's easily the largest swim wave I've ever been a part of. As for wetsuits, someone told me they look for a way to make it wetsuit legal, but based on the water temp at the Minneapolis tri, and the weather we've been having it doesn't seem likely.
|I'll have to revise my definition of roller :) That one incline is 300 feet. It's also almost 4 miles.|
Due to vacations over the last two weeks my workouts feel like they've been lacking, but I am feeling pretty good, at least on the bike, heading into this. My overall goal is to do better than Liberty, and that can be measured in two ways. One is by a better time, the second is by not walking the run. Either or both of those will be acceptable.
|Swim||33:30||1:35 per 100 yards|
5:27 puts me a bit on the north side of mid-pack overall and closer, but still north of mid-pack, in my AG
33:30 for the swim is a full 4 minutes slower than Liberty, but no wetsuit makes the swim take longer.
19.5 on the bike should be doable. It's approximately the speed I did at Liberty which was also pretty flat, but didn't have the one 4 mile incline which is bound to take its toll.
Similar run goal as last time, the manta of the run will be 10 is faster than 18. Hopefully I won't need it, but if I want to walk that's what I'll try to use to keep from walking. Because running at 10 minutes per mile is way faster than walking at 18, and I know that 18 minutes per mile is quite an amble, but that's how fast I walk :)
I put 4 minutes for transitions, that should be sufficient.
I'm feeling prepared, so lets see if that translates into results I am proud of. If I can stay with this plan, or close to it, I will do better than I did at Liberty. So we'll see.