Figured I should share some thoughts/goals before the race… so here we go…
I’ll start with thoughts…. The weather forecast as of Wednesday at noon is below. Not looking very good… in fact I’m pretty sure the swim will be canceled. Just guessing here but I know from past experiences (Nation’s Tri last year) that when it rains the night before the race the water is disgusting and often times not swimmable. The rivercast when I wrote this post (Wednesday) after a big storm Tuesday night supports this theory because the rivercast is red meaning: Water quality is not suitable for activities involving direct contact with the river.
I’m totally not afraid of open water (unless it’s the ocean maybe- sharks!) but I am a germaphobe and afraid of vomiting-Emetophobia. People think I’m crazy but it’s a real fear and why I pretty much have a panic attack when someone is puking or if I puke. Anyways… I have tri friends that have complained of stomach bugs and infections from swimming in gross water- I don’t want to be one of those people and thinking about it GROSSES me out so much. ICK. This paragraph made me sound like such a girl but at least I was honest!
Also… with the rain… swimming in the rain sounds like it could make sighting a bit more challenging, but you’re wet anyways so I’m guessing there isn’t a significant impact? Except for the water being disgusting from all the rain and not being able to even see your hand or someone else’s foot in front of your face. And I guess it could make the water choppier. But I digress.
Running in the rain is usually really fun, see below quote I posted on Insta last week- totally how I feel about running in the rain. Biking in the rain sounds pretty scary… as we all know I’ve had bike issues in the past during tri’s and my bike is probably my weakest event… and I think I’ve biked in the rain like twice. Sounds dangerous!
I did google doing a tri in the rain and already picked up a few tips like putting socks in shoes in Tupperware or something else to keep them dry, wearing a trash bag, watch out for hydroplaning, etc.
Moving on… my other thoughts are mostly happy, really only the weather is weighing me down! I’m super excited to race the Oly, I did the sprint as my first triathlon ever two years ago and fell in love with the sport. Note: weather that day was excellent. I’m fairly certain I’ll do another tri in august even though I’m supposed to be focusing on marathon training…. Speaking of marathon training I’m supposed to start in July- any recommendations for plans that include a 20 and 22 miler? I’m newbie so I’m nervous.
Okay time for goals!!!!
Perfect race day weather goals:
Swim- under 30 minutes
Bike- under 1 hr 30 minutes
Run- under 55 minutes
Transition- not take forever like I always do
Okay I’ve basically accomplished all my goals above previously so I guess I should shoot a little higher, but my training was really only 4-6 weeks and usually I try to train 10-12 weeks. So… yeah.
Less than ideal weather race day goals:
Swim- not end up getting sick later
Bike- not wreck
Run- Have fun and try not to focus on wet socks
Transition- take my time and change my socks for the run so it’s not miserable
Okay so that was part sarcastic but mostly serious, haha.
If you are racing this weekend, good luck and stay dry! If you are local and looking for something to do, do this: Devil Takes the Hindmost
And then come cheer for me in the rain!