Rev3 Old Orchard Beach Maine Goals

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.

Swim:

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

Bike:

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

Run:

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

Overall:

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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  1. Marlene says:

    I can’t wait to hear all about your first Rev experience. I have heard good things and have a couple on my radar for next year. You are all set and I know it’s going to be a great day. Have an amazing trip + race!
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  2. Michelle says:

    I too, am nervous and scared (!) about this weekend. It will be my first ocean swim and I really hope just to get out of the water. The weather looks perfect and lobster is cheap so I’m sure you will have a great visit to Maine! :)
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  3. put goals for the swim away my friend. You forgot two very import things that are completely out of your control. Battling the waves and the current. I plan on taking you out to swim Friday so you can get a feel for it.

    You will do fantastic and with the cool temps and the flat run, I think you will smash your time.

    Cannot wait to hang with you!! WOOT WOOT
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    • CTER says:

      You are correct about the waves being out of my control as well as the current. But if we are swimming with the current going out, then we should be swimming against the current on the way in correct? So that being said whatever battle you have in one direction should be a non-battle in the other direction…..I assume.

      Flat run? Really? That is awesome to hear.

  4. FitFunMom says:

    In my limited experience I find the key to ocean swimming is timing the breathing correctly. I do well breathing to one side (when normally I would breathe every three strokes instead of two). That helps me manage the waves.

    I want to know your secret for generally not being nervous before a race. :) Even though I know I’ve put in the training and preparation, I still get very nervous! Good luck this weekend! I look forward to hearing your report.
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    • CTER says:

      My secret is to understand that all the work has been put in and there is nothing I can do at that point to change it. The day will bring what the day brings so might as well not be nervous and just smile. I know what my body is capable of doing so it is a matter of teasing the mind into knowing what it can do. If I go into the race trying to battle my mind I’ve lost. I accept the day and it is easier to trick my mind into pushing further.

  5. Super excited for you! Those are some solid goals. I know you have it in you, particularly coming from the heat of Dallas to Maine! Can’t wait to hear all about it!!!!
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  6. Matt Oravec says:

    love the breakdown! was just thinking of my goals today but have no idea, so I will make them up on my blog right now ;)

    I am probably gunning for the same stuff as you. I got 5:40 at Dells which was hard, hoping to be in your range too give or take :)

    SEE YOU THIS WEEKEND BUDDY!
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  7. BDD says:

    Enjoy your reward for all your hard work
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  8. katie says:

    Ummm…. I think you are going to smash the shit out of your goal times. Especially on the bike!
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