While most triathletes picked an early season sprint race as their “rust buster”, I kept training. I haven’t done a sprint since my very first TRI, in 2005, on my Wal-Mart mountain bike. To be honest, getting all my gear together for a sprint AND paying the fee for something “short”, just isn’t appealing to me. If I have to gather the gear, pay a
ridiculous fee & leave my family behind, I want it to be big. At least big to me. So my first triathlon of the season is a 70.3 event, the Cutting Edge Half Classic in Effingham, IL. A 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike & a 13.1 mile run. Now that’s a triathlon.
Since I haven’t busted any rust, I’ve gone over a few of my old posts as a refresher course. I want to show up with the proper gear. I want to feel calm about the swim. I want my transition area to be on point. And I’d REALLY like the weather to cooperate (forecast is for a “feels like” temp of 98 degrees!) but I can’t control that. Here are a few of the posts that I’ve reviewed in case you too need a refresher.
Overall, I’m excited to get my TRI season started. I’ve put in a decent amount of training since January. I’ve already ridden over 800 miles. I’ve been swimming 2x a week. We all know that I’ve already ran a few miles too. I know this won’t be an amazing race but I’m hoping it will be a solid start to my season. So until Sunday, I’m just going to focus on being calm. I know I can cover the distance, I’m just anxious to see how the splits turn out. My overall TRI goal for the year is to go under 6 hours for the half iron distance. Big goal. I have to cut my swim time and put my run back on the map. I haven’t busted out a decent half marathon for the 70.3 distance in a long time. I need to fix that.
Any tri tips that will help me fly with the wind on Sunday? How are your 2016 goals coming along?
** Happy TRIing ** Amanda – TooTallFritz