4.19.2010

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.

4 comments:

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

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  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.

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

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

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