Saturday is my first Olympic race. It’s about an hour away in Quakertown, PA. The distances are not quite standard on this race, but all in all they call it an Olympic and it is at least that.
Swim: The swim is .6 miles which is obviously shorter than the standard 1500 yds which equates to .9 miles. Unfortunately for me, swimming is my strength and I would probably fair better if there were a longer swim. I did a .6 mile swim back in the beginning of the June and finished in 17:12. I’m going to shoot for 16 minutes this time, since I’ve become a better swimmer, no longer suffer from so much open water anxiety and because I have much more open water experience having done a few ocean swims this summer and few more tris.
Bike: The bike course is an unusually long 38 miles, a full 14 miles longer than the standard distance. I’ve ridden the course and it is pretty darn hilly. I have trouble making a prediction here because so much has changed regarding my cycling. I’ve been riding hills more than ever before, I’ve also gone on some long rides which wasn’t really the case before. I’m going to go with an 18 mph average considering the hills and the fact that I’m not totally comfortable going 40 mph down hill and will likely be riding my break (of course while staying to the right). So we are looking at 2:06 for the bike
Run: Ah, finally a standard distance. The run will be a 10k. I’ve never run a stand alone one and I’ve never done an Oly before, but I’ve run just under 6.2 and just over 6.2. My best 5k time is 24:37. I don’t know if the run course is hilly or not, so I’m going to go fairly conservatively here with an 8:45 pace which will put me at 54:22.
Add in 5 minutes for transitions (this will also be my first race using clip in bike shoes. I told you I was a newbie) and we are looking at 3:20:20 or so.
Now, there are a couple of other things that complicate this process. First, I threw out my back yesterday and am not sure how that will effect my performance. It’s possible that the bike and run could be in some serious pain. Also, my body is just generally in need of a break. I’ve had a little less enthusiasm when training lately and think that when this race is over, I might be calling it quits for two weeks or so to allow my back and nagging foot issue to heal up…. more on that later, but for now I need to focus on the task at hand. I’m concerned that my attitude right now is a little passive. I’m not looking to race this as though it were an A race. I want to finish feeling strong and comfortable so I can say to myself that I can finish an Olympic with confidence so that next year when the distances are longer I will not have questions or doubts in my mind.
Thank you as always for reading and please wish me luck, or give me advice, or tell me you hope I drown. I don’t care, but I love reading your comments.