My next race is the Boulder Sunset Olympic triathlon. I am nervous about this race for a few reasons:
- It is the longest tri I have done. And the longest race I have ever done. And just the longest workout I’ve ever done. My goal time is 3:30-3:45. Even my long workouts usually top out at 2:00-2:30.
- I swam in the Boulder Reservoir for the first time a few weeks ago. The water was a lot choppier than the calm Bowles Lake I was used to. Did not like!
- The swim start will be in waves. I haven’t done that before. The first tri I did was in a pool, and you just swam in your own lane until you were done. The second was a time trial start, so we went one at a time into the lake at about five second intervals. I’m a bit worried about getting kicked in the face.
- The bike looks insane. Above is the elevation profile. The downhill is as scary as the uphill, if not more. Above is from the website. But this is what I see:
So, the next 22 days will be all about bike hills! Well, who am I kidding. The next 22 days will be all about swimming (because I love it) and spending time worrying about hills.