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: http://www.myathletelive.com/storage/races/2014/080109/index.html
Or use the (crappy) IM website for tracking until the website crashes during the run.
Lets do this!