My next race is today! In about 6 hours. Eeek. It’s an Olympic Distance—my first.I don’t really know what to expect time-wise. This race is more than twice the distance of the other two triathlons I have done. I have definitely trained a lot (my dailymile stats got pretty epic there for a while) but I’m aiming for a 3:30-3:45 finish. That is a lonnnng time to be in race mode.
I have gone swimming in Bowles reservoir I think 7 times, and it’s pretty consistently taken me about 42-44 minutes to swim a mile around the buoys in open water. (Closer to 40 minutes in the pool.) 1500 meters is just shy of a mile, so I’m hoping to be sub-40. The race adrenaline may make me a bit faster on the one hand, but on the other, I’m going to be dodging feet, and my time doesn’t actually stop until I run up the beach and cross the timing mat.
Stretch goal: 38 minutes
Realistic goal: 40 minutes
I’ll still be happy with: 44 minutes
Le sigh. Stupid rolling hills. I live in Denver! It’s very flat here. But I want to focus on the bike because it’s the place it’s easiest to gain or lose a lot of time.
Stretch goal: Sub 1:40 (16 mph)
Realistic goal: 1:45 (15 mph)
I’ll still be happy with: 1:50 (14 mph)
One thing I fear is getting to the run and just straight up running out of gas. Just being pooped and ending up walking a lot. On the other hand, maybe I’ll feel amazing and the wind will be at my back and I will just kick ass.
Stretch goal: 1:08 (11 minute pace)
Realistic goal: 1:12 (11:30 pace)
I’ll still be happy with: 1:15 (12 minute pace)
Figuring 5 minutes for both transitions, that puts me here:
I’ll still be happy with: 3:49
It makes me mad that the bike is 26.4 miles. The regular distance for an Olympic is 24.8. It’s only 1.6 miles, but that’s another 6 or 7 minutes, and it makes my Olympic time look slower than others. Oh, well. The medal will be just as shiney.