I have done this race before a few times. It was actually the first real sprint I ever competed in. It is a nice race, close to home.
I would like to win this race and if just one year they would change up the divisions to be something other than age groups I might have a shot. For instance there could be a group for people who have completed an Ironman. Those people have discipline. They are truly in a class by themselves.
I however, could be in the Wine Drinking Mom Division. Maybe I would have a better chance at first place.
I would like to enjoy this race but every year it kicks my butt.
I have a myriad of
It's hot. Of course it is hot in Houston, but it is the first truly scorching race of the season.
The race directors always throw in a couple of extra bouys to trick me and I have historically ended up swimming an extra 200 yards just for fun.
The race includes the longest three mile run in history. I don't know what it is about this particular run, but it kicks my butt every year.
To makes things worse the last three weeks my training has been sub par.
I have a myriad of
It is hot. (I am not complaining. I am just pointing it out.) Sleeping an extra hour and a half Friday morning seemed like a such a good idea until I had to do my ride after school. It was 96 degrees and I think every 18 wheeler in town was headed west with me. My easy zone 2 workout climbed to upper zone 3 even though my average speed was 15mph.
I am exhausted. I keep waking up at 2:36 am and twiddling my thumbs for no apparent reason. I seem to fall asleep about ten minutes before that 4:30 alarm.
Still though I do have a goal for this race. (No I don't. I just typed that and realized I need a goal.) I decided to apply my last race times to this distance and calculate a goal. It wasn't easy. I suck at math.
600 yard swim - 18.00. That's terrible. I am going to adjust that to the same time as last year - 13.00.
12 mile bike at 19mph - 34:48
3 mile run at 9:05 pace - 27:15
Transistions - 3:00
Total (rounded) - 1:18:00
Last year my time was 1:31:26.
That is quite a reduction. I am not sure if this is a reasonable goal. Great. Something else to think about at 2:36 am.
A time of 1:18 puts me 13th out of 31 according to last year's results.
I bet I could be top three if I was in the Got Laps in During Adult Swim - Division.
Do you have a race that is your nemesis?
What division would you win?
Ever go through the training blues? Do you have any tips on escaping them??