My goals for Mother's Day are:
1. To sleep late without anyone bringing me breakfast.
2. Rake in a lot of gifts.
Kidding of course.
I have a race Mother's Day morning so I will not be sleeping late. I would like to get up and drag all the kids and The Coach to the race with me, but we have a logistical problem. Five kids, two adults, a bike and a double stroller don't all fit in the Armada. I could drive a separate car, but I don't drive so well and it's early, plus that would be irresponsible gas usage.
This race is a super sprint so it is fairly short - a 200 meter swim, 8 mile bike, and a 2 mile run. I did pretty well last year, but I was slowed down by the two minutes it took me to get my helmet on. (Thanks whichever kid was messing with my helmet the day before.)
This is the first triathlon I ever competed in back in 2008. It is nice to see that all that working out has paid off and I can actually almost sprint the entire race when my previous goal used to just be lurching across the finish line so I could have a Coke. (And a donut, who am I kidding?)
Last year I did the race in 57:24.5.
I am going to go out on a limb here and put forth a goal time.
Whew. I wasn't nervous until I actual wrote that down. Now I am a wreck. I think that is going to be a real stretch.
Here are some things that may work against me.
1. Swim - It is unusually rough in Lake Houston this time of year. The first year I did the race ladies were having to be pulled out right and left. (Their screams for help made it really hard to concentrate.)
2. Wind - It has been REALLY WINDY here lately. I fail to understand how I can go for a ride and be against the wind both out and back.
Here are some things I have going for me.
1. I have been riding in the wind a couple of times a week so hopefully I am used to it.
2. I have been doing way more speed work than I have at any other time in my triathlon training, so I am thinking an under 20 minute run is possible. I will keep telling myself I gave birth to five kids, surely I can run fast for twenty minutes. (Right?)
3. I know to check my helmet before I leave transition.
So that is my goal. Barring that I hope I at least do better than last years time. It would be discouraging to do all these workouts and then not be any better off than I was last year.
Regardless it will be fun. My in-laws are in town and they are going to come watch the race. My Sweet MIL says she will take some pictures. I am pretty sure there won't be any pictures of other women's boobs on my camera when she is done.
What are your Mother's Day plans?
(And........Ya got any triathlon tips for a sista?)