I’m in a state of OVERWHELM right now. I’m simultaneously juggling 4 milestones at work without any help anymore, plus an extra pet project, plus trying to wrap up this Personal Trainer thing and pass the test, plus I’ve got about 3000000 other things I want to work on and learn as personal projects, plus getting ready for vacation, plus social commitments, plus, OH RIGHT, I’m training for a half ironman about 10 hours a week. And probably some other shit I’ve forgotten.
There are a lot of plates spinning, and some of them are inevitably going to drop. I’m ok with this. You can’t produce games for as many years as I have without just expecting for a certain amount of breakage. However, there is a lot more than normal going on in a lot more areas than I normally have to focus on. Some of the plates are going to shatter and I’ll have to pick up the pieces later. My goal is to make it the least important ones, and the easiest ones to glue together.
So, I race Sunday. It’s a sprint, admist a larger training block for a longer race, so it’s a B race at best, probably B-. Right now, I’m beat down and tired, but I’ve got a slightly lighter training load than normal from now until Sunday, so hopefully that will make me springy (or at least less draggy) again. I have some of my best workouts when I think I’m too tired to even THINK about going fast, so there is the possibility for that to work in my favor.
I kind of raced Lake Pflugerville where I normally am at for this race (fresh off time off, springy, wide-eyed). Now I’m about 6-ish weeks into training and feeling both more competent but also more fatigued.
Splat. Not quite here but we’ll see what the next few days deal me.
How I’m getting ready:
- Today: off. studying. sleep.
- Friday: 3 mile easy run with strides. packet pickup. sleep.
- Saturday: 3750m swim. lunch and games with parents. sleep.
Saturday is not my traditional race prep, but I don’t think a long swim the day before a race (with a 500m swim) is going to kill me. It’s the second to last swim challenge, so if it’s a bad idea, I’ll just not do it again.
Saturday’s nutrition plan is some sort of breakfast (muffin, bar, shake, something), snack after swimming (probably something similar to breakfast), a lean steak or chicken with veggies, salad, and bread, and then a turkey sandwich and fruit for dinner.
Sunday, I’ll probably stick with my belvitas + nut butter, caff chews, and I’m BRINGING A DISPOSABLE water bottle with me so I can stay hydrated while I wait 1 hour and 22 minutes after transition closing for my wave (the last one of the day) to start. Since my shoes are pretty new, I’d like to get a warmup run on the trail this time.
I’m actually rather excited to see another sunrise over expensive bikes.
I want to seed myself where I expect to finish in my wave (about 5th) instead of close to last like I usually do because I’m spacing out. Once I get in the water, I want to hurt myself just a little. I’m missing that top swim speed because I’ve just been working on getting back into it, and that is what it is, but I’d like to see if I can pull out just a little more than I did at Lake Pflugerville Tri.
If I were smart, I’d be quoting power numbers and cadence and specific strategy. I’m not. I want to ride my bike hard, I want to stay in aero, I want to pass people, and not give an inch. I want to hit 20 mph average. If I’m in the right mindset, feeling good, have the right legs… I might could do that. I want to come off the bike in 4th or better. I want to ride aggressively and stay in the moment and think “this is where I’m suffering right now” and I’ll get to the run when I get to the run.
My goal on the run is simply to run down 3rd. Now, this is kind of a stupid goal for a few different reasons. It’s outcome based, not process based. If a bunch of fast people show up, I have NO chance at succeeding. I am probably not going to know what place I’m in besides a vague idea of how many bikes are in. However, it’s MY dumb goal and it’s time to try something new. I’m going to fly off the bike and move my feet as fast as I can with form as proper as possible. I want to run like everyone has a target on their back and reel everyone in one by one. And if I see someone with my age group on their calf pass me, I’m going to try go with them and try to pass them back. Why not, right? Three miles is short. Maybe I can do it.
Goal – try to look at least this happy at the finish.
Race day nutrition plan:
I’m really going to try to push more nutrition than normal me here and try a few new things.
- Belvita with almond butter around 5am ~200 calories
- Caff chews slowly from about 6:30-8am ~160 calories
- Pop an electrolyte cap with my disposable water bottle around 8am.
- Skratch or gu on the bike, 1 caff gel as soon as I’m on the bike and going ~170 cal
- Potential second gel at the end of the bike or start of the run ~100 cal
- Skratch or gu in a handheld on the run ~70 calories
My head may be a little scattered right now, but I’m hoping I’ll get it together by Sunday morning. I think I have a chance to do really well. It’s always
scary fun to put yourself on the line to be tested, and I think it’s about time to see how employing some different training and racing strategies are working out.