easy spin up to montebello and around a few times and back.
Blech. Dead. Nothing. Was gonna do 30-45, but Chris was making dinner and I didn't want to be out too long and honestly was running like crap so I didn't care about not finishing. I suck balls.
Felt great on the bike. About 8 miles from finish, front tire just exploded...like whoa. Guess it was the heat. Let some air out of the back just to be safe. Real tough to get back going again after a stop.
Horrible...few stops and walking involved...I am not ready for a half iron...
Holy heck its hot out there! 98F and feels like 106F...
So I have 2 options:
1) Go for it – go for my HR and paces that the guidelines say I can do (i.e. xx bpm under LT for the bike) and same for the run. If I blow up, I’ll end up walking and miserable. If I can do it, I’m confident I’ll hit my goal, and very happy. However, if I do the full HIM intensities/HRs and I fall short, it will be a failure to me.
2) Use as a learning race. Hold back slightly on the bike and early run. Finish without blowing up and use the race as a baseline for the next, where I will go for my goal. I don’t like this idea because I didn’t pay $250 for a training day. I’ll also kick myself if I finish and know I could have gone faster, and play “what if” games with myself. I can’t fail with this strategy, but I certainly can’t win either.
Last year, I may have said that I’ll be able to bust something special out on race day, that I’ll push harder and go faster, but the past year has taught me it isn’t true. I’m only as fast as my training has made me, nothing more.
What do I do?
PS – If you think I have a bad attitude or the wrong attitude about this, I probably won’t disagree with you, but it’s what I’m working with at the moment.
Ok - this HAS to be meters at my pool at work. The chop isn't slowing me down THAT much...but I'm a solid 10-15 seconds slower per hundred. And even with the wind, I'm taking 2-3 extra strokes per length.
CONFIRMED!!! 25 meters.