Heading into the home stretch

Everything is going right. You are prepared This is fun and challenging. You are a winner!
This is what it says at the bottom of the "Last-Minute Checks" section in the Race Day Checklist section of my Training Plans for Multisport Athletes book (which, BTW, I highly recommend).

This gave me a chuckle, but it also helps to put things in perspective. Since this is my first ever duathlon (and first multisport race of any sort) I need to approach it like I have every previous "first." It's an automatic PR. No matter how long it takes me to cross the finish line, I will be able to claim the status "duathlete," just as I can 5ker, 10ker, 15ker, 25ker, half-marathoner, marathoner, and trail racer. None of those events have left me never wanting to try it again after the first go (though after 3 marathons I am pretty confident that I won't ever want to endure that ever again...and I'm content with that).

6 days 'til "D-day." My biggest worry right now is rain. Running in the rain is fun...biking in the rain can be sorta dangerous (braking ability is decreased and roads can be a bit slick). Forecasts are for "chance of rain." Hopefully that holds-off until later. Looks like temps could be in the low-to-mid 50s during the race, which isn't bad. A little chilly for the bike portion, but fabulous for the running legs.

I've pretty much settled on what I will wear, too. That tank at left is really a "running" top, but those pockets on the back are perfect for biking, too. I may have to pick up another one at some point (especially since the Champion/C9 tanks that I've loved for running seem to no longer be carried at Target). The one I have is sort of a light orange color (to match the handlebar tape on my bike, of course). I will probably wear my butterfly arm warmers for the first run and bike portions and then strip them off for the last running leg. On my booty I'll be sporting a pair of Pearl Izumi tri shorts.

This week is taper...I don't mind so much. Last week was still pretty challenging, capped-off with a true 3 leg brick workout...a 2 mile run, followed by an hour on the bike, with a 3 mile run to finish...last 2 miles at race pace. I was sorta dreading it, but it went well. I feel pretty ready for race day, which is the point of the last 10 weeks of training.


  1. Wow, only 6 days? Seems like you just started riding not too long ago. I hope you enjoy it.

  2. Scary, huh? They'll let any nut ride a bike, these days. I'll just be happy to not be last...kinda like my goal at every race, heh.

  3. Good luck! Can't wait to hear about how it goes!!

  4. Now if only the weather would cooperate. Looks right now like it's not going to be conducive to wearing the tank top. :-/