I have talked about my goals for the International Tri that I am racing in Philly this Sunday to anyone who will listen, but I have NOT written them down... so here they are:
Swim: Don't Drown
No seriously, my goal is to swim without quitting, no panicking and if I do panic, to regain my composure as quickly as possible to get back to it. As you remember from the Sprint I did in April, 200 m in I FREAKED. Like I so wanted to quit... get out of the water.... never swim again. But I didn't (for fear of being made fun of, gotta love peer pressure) and did the breast stroke the rest of the way... taking 22 minutes on what should have taken only 15 minutes. In Philly the swim is almost a mile so my plan is to take my time, focus on breathing and just enjoying the swim. Goal: Panic with quick recovery!
Bike: Don't Fall
Okay, I really just want to not go all out and have no legs for the run. I have several 40+ milers under my belt, so 25 miles should not be so bad. And the routes I take, according to TG, are more hilly than the course in Philly. With that said, I would really also like not to chafe my lady parts. Still struggling with this... and I find that about 15 miles in, it starts to hurt. Seriously considering wearing a diaper, but cannot figure out how to transition into the diaper after the swim (before the swim would just leave me with a very soggy tush!) Goal: Save my legs, but go hard.
Run: Don't Die
I hope to save something for the run, my STRONGEST event. Seriously, I have ran a marathon, I eat 6.2 miles as a snack.... I got this. But the probably is, the rest of my body will be fatigued and hot and I will probably be mentally defeating myself the ENTIRE TIME. So my realistic goal is to not walk. I would like to run the entire 6.2 miles, even if it is 10 min miles... still running, right? Goal: Run 6.2 miles.
And the ultimate goal is to not let TG catch me. I am in wave 9 and TG is in wave 13 (out of 14... yeah, he is NOT happy). I have a 20 minute head start on him.... but realistically, he probably will catch me just hopefully not on the swim.
Have any advice for this International Tri-Virgin?