Sunday, September 5, 2010
Pre race (Or REV) jitters
This has been a very strange year for me. I discovered First Endurance products this winter and they worked so well for me I had far and away my best offseason every. I rode two 500+ miles months and a 668 miles month in February and was seeing my performance improve considerably. Got to my first tri of the year, Rev 3 Olympic at Knoxville and was having a great race right until I went flying over the handlebars of my brand new Kestral. From there my season changed abuptly. I got back up to finish despite trashing my hands, face, wrist, and ribs as well as my bike. I finished almost out of spite looking like a zombie. But from that point on my season was just messed up. I had to heal up and recover for most of the next month, which got my back in the water just in time for Rev 3 Quazzy. I decided since I wasn't going to be competitive I might as well do something a bit different and did the Revolution (Olympic on Sat and HIM on Sun on a very challenging and hilly course). I did fairly well in the Olympic and then survivied the HIM but a month off of serious training just made it really tough.
From there I just seemed to loose my enthusiam, and had a really hard time putting some good training together. The best thing that happened for me was going on vacation to Puerto Vallarta , Mexico and having my wife throw down the gauntlet and say no sweaty clothes for 2 weeks. Surprisingly that was just what I needed. I had a great tmie and when I got back my enthusiam had returned and my body was finally snapping back. Had a great month of August 640 miles bike, 125 miles run and even some good swim numbers.
So here I am, 7 days before an Iron Distance race. I really have no idea what to expect. I feel good but I don't know if my base it there. This is my first Iron Distance on my Kestral which shoukd help, I been using my UltraGen which is great stuff, got my EFS and EFS Liquid Shot. I should be set.
So what do I try and set my sight on a PR? Qualifying for half max? Just finishing? I have not idea what to expect. So I think I am going to throw any expectations out the window and just let whatever happens happen.