So while I'm still not feeling the typical pre-race excitement, I'm feeling good about my choice to race and the opportunity to gain race experience before the Ironman. I'm also looking forward to relaxing a bit and clearing my mind. I've been moving at warp speed for a month and need a moment to breathe.
My fellow blogger James asked in a comment on my Race Planning post what my goals are for Sunday so I figured I'd share them. They may seem unusual to some because they aren't anchored in speed or finish times, but rather in the experience I hope to walk away with.
- Swim with confidence by positioning myself 2/3 of the way back in the pack, focusing on moving in a straight line rather than weaving to avoid others and draft when the opportunity is there.
- Stay on my nutrition plan regardless of course challenges/distractions and practice passing through the bottle exchanges without stopping or getting in the way of other riders.
- Don’t be afraid to push a bit harder on the run, focusing on not going out too fast, but also not falling into a slower pace than I’m capable of due to race day discomfort.
I started today with an . I aimed to keep the RPE steady and low and maintain a consistent, moderate pace. It went well and felt comfortable, I'm hoping I can hit a similar pace on Sunday.
After work I did an anaerobic swim workout. I was kind of tired and decided to skip the warm up and go right into the first set. I had 600 x 3 in my mind, but due to bad math ended up stopping at 550. When I looked at my watch I thought something was off so checked my schedule and realized I was supposed to do 300 x 6, not 600 x 3. No wonder it was so hard! I hit my target pace on each interval and felt good. It sparked a glimmer of excitement for Sunday's swim. Little by little I'm hoping the excitement will continue to build and launch me into full race mode.
Distance - 8 miles
Time - 1:10:07
Distance - 1,750 yards
Time - 30:56