Kids we have finally arrived at RACE WEEK!!!!
I still can’t believe I’m about to complete a half ironman this weekend in Ohio… and I really can’t believe how poorly trained I am. Between life factors such as new job, moving, traveling pretty much every weekend I haven’t been able to put in the time and effort I would’ve liked. I actually considered dropping out after completing an Olympic tri last month (race review for that to come!) I also got into a small bike accident 3 weeks ago I’m still scraped, bruised, and sore from… my bike has been to the shop twice in the last 3 weeks which is super annoying (especially since the accident was not my fault). It’s been very discouraging and stressful to have such little time to train and often times friends and family took precedence over it but I think I’m trained up enough to complete it without any additional injury risk. So here go-my half ironman goals!
Originally when I signed up for Ohio 70.3 in April I didn’t know that the most stressful, busiest, and biggest changes summer was ahead of me, but I made it through and I can’t wait to compete. (I also can’t wait to stop training and just enjoy working out again). My goal when I signed up was to be right around/under 6 hours. At this point I’m changing my goal to be under 7 hours but I’ll be thrilled to be close to 6.5 hours. I know for my first half ironman my goal should be just to finish but I figured I’d at least write out my hopes/expectations for anyone that is wondering.
My goal for the swim is 45ish minutes. My best Olympic time is 30 minutes so I’m hoping to have a strong swim. The bad news is the race starts at 7:00am and my age group is the LAST to start at 8:30 so it’s going to be a looooong morning sitting around waiting.
My goal for the bike is 3.5ish hours. (The bike is my biggest weakness but the course is flat and fast so I’m hoping I’ll be able to achieve this goal). Really just hoping to stay safe here and enjoy the scenery.
My goal for the run is to be under 2:15. My PR is 1:50 so I figured after biking 56 miles and swimming over a mile I should add at least 20 minutes, plus some since I haven’t been running much due to my injury from my bike wreck. Also I’ve never run that far without music so I’m hoping the crowds/adrenaline/atmosphere will be me going since I’ll likely be finishing into the late afternoon.
My husband will be there to support me in Columbus this weekend, so hopefully seeing him cheering on the sidelines will give me that extra boost. It’s only the second year for this race so I’m not sure about the crowd but the finish is in a stadium (a la Lake Placid) on the track which is super cool. Any tips or advice is appreciated 🙂