At long last, the day is almost here. Taper week is done. All that is left is to get to the race and execute. This one is a bit of a big deal. It is the USA Triathlon Long Course National Championship and the qualifier for the International Triathlon Union Long Course World Championships in Denmark. How cool would that be?
The Build-up The last two weeks have been interesting. I was still recovering from being a little under the weather, and I was physically starting to feel really strong again. I had a great workout with some TeamODZ teammates, a nice relaxing run, and a solid brick workout. I even got a chance to practice in my Roka Viper X swimskin and my new Maverick Elite westuit. Over the last week, I set personal bests in the swim for 2000 meters, 1000 meters, and 100 meters. I cranked out higher power on the bike during longer intervals, and I ran very comfortably at pretty solid paces. All in all I feel pretty good.
The Wait This is the part that I hate. It is race week. I have excess energy. I want to let the horses run, but alas I have to sit tight. The horses don’t get to run until race day…five long days away. Hell, they don’t really get to run until the run leg to be honest. Unlike in other races where I have had these sensations, I have to be patient. It won’t do me any good to burn myself out on the bike and not take advantage of my strongest leg. You may be asking why I didn’t mention burning myself out on the swim. Well, that has never been an issue. I know that the swim is not my strength, so I have learned to pace that one out pretty well. Sometimes on the bike, I get antsy. Have to avoid that on Sunday.
The Meantime On the bright side, I have to travel to Miami a little earlier than I had originally planned, as I have some meetings for my day job. Thus, the travel stress will have subsided by race day. Until then, I just have to take care of my meetings and continue to rest. That’s it from here for now. More to follow after race day.