Rev3 Old Orchard Beach Maine is this weekend and I am both excited and nervous. I am typically not nervous before races but for some reason this race has me on edge. That is a good thing because it means that I am ready but it is also an indication of me just now knowing what I am heading into and I think that is the worst part of this entire situation.
This is my first race with Rev3 and there is excitement about that but also nerves because I don’t know what to expect. At an Ironman race I know what to expect as I have done 3 70.3 races and 1 140.6, so it is sort of old hat at this point. That being said I really don’t know what to expect out of myself for this weekend other than I am going to have a freaking blast doing it. Why? Well because I will be hanging it out with this couple (here and here) and this awesome chick (here) and white water rafting with smiley (here) after the race on Monday.
Yup, the race is going to happen and I’m going to give it my best but in the end my focus is on Ironman Arizona but in the end I will get to hang out with a ton of great people and experience Rev3.
Today I swam in my full sleeve wetsuit and on Monday I swam in my sleeveless. The sleeveless was far more comfortable but the sleeveless proved to be faster so I am going to be swimming in my full sleeve. Today’s swim saw me swim 1.1 miles in 34:50 and I never felt like I was pushing it. If I can maintain that pace and not feel as if I am winded getting out of the water (other than struggling with getting the wetsuit off that is) I think that I can be done with the swim in the 38 minute range. Oh wait, this is an ocean swim and this is another factor in me being nervous. We don’t have oceans in the middle of North Dallas so the lakes are typically calm. Either way I cannot control the water and just have to remember Coach’s words: The race starts on the bike.
Goal: 37:00 – 39:00
My bike fitness is better than it has ever been. I have been feeling very strong on the bike and that has been with my stock wheels and not with my race wheels. The unknown here is whether or not the climbing will have an impact on me. There are not a lot of ‘hills’ here in Dallas but Coach has been putting me through the ringer in terms of intervals and hill climbing this training cycle so I feel as if I can be efficient and conserve enough energy going up them to be able to push on the flats and the downhills. The biggest goal here is to be ready to run off the bike so maintaining a HR of 140 bpm is going to be imperative.
Goal: 2:50 – 3:00
Here is where I think my fitness has taken off. I have been running fast paces at a comparatively low heart rate, and this has been in the heat of Texas. The cooler weather of Maine should treat me very well and that is exciting for me. If I can remember to not shoot out of T2 like a bat out of hell and control myself for the first two miles then this run could turn into one of my best. I have been doing a lot of interval work and posting sub-7:00 mile paces on sets that have been up to 10×800. My tempo run last week was right around 7:00/mi and was held steady for 20 minutes. The hill work has also helped and so I feel like this could be a run that competes with my time at 70.3 California.
Goal: 1:50 – 1:53
My nerves will have to be converted into energy by race day. I think that once I get off the plane in Maine and settle in my nerves will calm down and I will be ready to race. Having the humor of Matt, Heather and Jen around me will certainly help as well.
When you add up all these times and add in 6 minutes for transitions we are looking at goal times of: 5:23 to 5:38
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