Friday, August 01, 2014

IM Boulder - here we go!

The butterflies finally hit me before I went to check-in yesterday.  And wow, did they hit.  (and then then went away and I was tired again - ha!)

I think I'm ready.  I'm packing ALL of my swim options - my full wetsuit, my sleeveless wetsuit, and my swimskin.  Its been cool and rainy here the past few days and the Res has dropped to ~71.  Might be full wetsuit temps.

I'm kinda keeping my goals on the down-low, mainly because I really don't know what to expect.  It all depends on the weather.  I think I've got a PR in me but I don't want to get my hopes up and be disappointed.

Instead, my goals are:

Have an ok swim.  I'm not as fast as last year, because my shoulder has been tweaked since Feb.  I think 1:15 to 1:20 will be just fine.

Don't chat with my friends in the transition tents. (really)

Don't blow myself up on the bike.  The stretch south is going to be a killer - ~10 miles of a false flat with a potential headwind.  Watch my HR and stick to that number like fly paper.  Also be ready for those nasty hills on 79th at mile 99.  I predict a lot of people will be walking.  Really.

Run as long as possible, keep the walk breaks down to 1 minute in duration, run more than I walk.  Enjoy all the out and backs and the TONS of friendly faces.  I'm racing on my home course - enjoy cheering your friends on and enjoy the personalized cheers coming from your friends.

Try to get a good finish line jump in.

Enjoy the Avery beers at the finish line beer garden.

Soak it all in.

To track me:

I rented a GPS tracker.  Go here and look for my name:

Or use the (crappy) IM website for tracking until the website crashes during the run.

Lets do this!

1 comment:

erin said...

Go get it, Erin! Best of luck tomorrow!