I went into this a little bit "ugh" due to the rain. I wanted to really control my ride (because, i knew that if it was a ride like last week, i would NOT be happy. Hard +rain= grumpy). It was certainly a HTFU ride. Cold, decently windy, and WET!
I started off with a big climb, to warm the body up. Then, down (slowly, due to fear of wet falling and crashing!), and over to the F-1 track, for about 2.5 hrs on the track. round and round and round. Mostly, what i thought about, was resulting out of your blog the other day: consistency, and RPE. So, I have my HRM file, but, since I don't have HR, all I have is (most of my) laps. Not really sure as to why I got quicker towards the end (less wind? More "zen?" warmer?)
anyway. it felt REALLY good. I really started off with a lower RPE, because i knew it would get tougher towards the end. it was focused, steady, consistant movement. I didn't drink as much as normal (it was cold, and wet), but, I peed WAY more, than normal (is that because of the rain?).
And, so... great to start the day with a great ride and then eat a delicious brunch at Lawrence Restaurant. it was a little more expensive than what i would normally spend, being on a student budget, but it was DELICIOUS. It was core friendly, only in the sense that it fit into the "workout window" and served as a recovery meal. Besides... I'm racing tomorrow. Today is a day for carb loading.RIGHT!
I am racing tomorrow!!!!
YAY! the triathlon season is officially beginning!
in my 3 years of triathlon (2008: 3 olympic distance; 2009: 1 70.3, 1 olympic; 2010: 2 70.3's, 2 Olympics), I have never done a sprint triathlon. Nor have I ever done a pool triathlon. So, tomorrow, I have a "I will be doing two brand spanking new things" day.
and, to tell you the truth, i am really excited. There is prize money to win for top 3 overall in each gender. Now, I highly doubt that I have a chance at that. but. it is kinda nice to think about (there ARE only about 30-35 women in the race... and, i do always aim for a top 10-15% finish). because, anything would really help with that aforementioned student budget. In truth, I have no expectations.
it will be wet. It will be cold. It will be early. It will be in a pool, with lane swimming that looks like THIS. How the heck, do i flip turn under a lane rope!??! anyone have any last minute tips? What do i wear? I was going to test my Hawaii race suit, but, it is going to be cold. Do i wear the TrainThis super hoodie? or, a jersey with arm warmers? do I bother putting socks on? it will be wet! it is a sprint! do i have time!??! (but, i do know that i will be wearing SOME sort of Train-This gear, with pride!)
HA! so many questions. this is the type of thing I like. Not actually really knowing what is going to happen. There are so many discoveries to be made. there are a lot of things i don't know.
three things i DO know though.
i love triathlon.
and i love racing.
and i LOVE that the season is starting!