Ironman Texas Goals

[caption id="attachment_5885" align="alignright" width="245" caption="The Real Goal Is To Just Finish!!!!!"]ironman_triathlon_finishline[/caption] Ironman Texas is in 8 days and I am posting my goals post today for a few reasons:
  • I will not be posting over the weekend as I'll be spending time with the family.  Chico is racing his first tri on Saturday morning so I plan on getting on my trainer at 4am and riding for 2 hours then a 15 minute run then off to do the kids tri with him and Karen.
  • Next week may get crazy with packing, checking, re-packing, re-checking, etc and I may lose track of time.
  • I have been thinking about this for 4 months and so I want it off my brain.  There are other thoughts that need to occupy the space that this has been taking up.
As the commercial says:  HERE WE GO! Weekend Goals:
  • Laugh as much as I possibly can.  This is going to be a tremendous weekend and I want to soak it all in and have a great time with family and friends.
  • Meet Susan Lacke, Chloe Efrink, Andy Fernandez, Charisa Wernick, and Chrissie Wellington.  Getting to meet all of them would make that a tremendous weekend.
  • Enjoy dinner with Karen, Shannon,Jeff, Annie and Lesley.
  • Wake up Sunday, pump my fist and enjoy the biggest carbohydrate loaded breakfast I have ever eaten.
Now onto the race.  When I first started writing this post in my head my thoughts were:  Swim Goal:  Don't know.  Bike Goal:  An idea but still don't know.  Run Goal:  Who the f*(k knows what could happen here but the more I thought about it the more I know what I am capable of.  Notice I said capable and not will do because the day will dictate what happens out there. Swim: Based on my HIM times of anywhere from 40:00 to 41:00 I am looking at a time of 1:20 and I am comfortable with this number.  I am taking the point of view of just getting through the swim and not pushing myself too hard.  Swimming 2.4 miles is just something I have to do on race day and consider it a warm-up prior to the race starting when I exit the water. A 1:20 swim averages out to 2:04/100m or 1:54/100y.  This is something I am comfortable with.  Yesterday I swam 20x100y with all times between 1:49 and 1:53 and was not breathing heavy and never felt like I couldn't continue.  I could have swum all day at that pace. Goal: 1:15 - 1:20 (my OWS projections from the past few weeks put me in at 1:16 but since I was by myself I did not have the things that could knock me off my game)   Bike: I rode the course (backwards mind you) back in February when the weather was perfect with little wind and no humidity.  My speed back then for the 92 miles I rode was 19.5 mph.  This would be ideal if I knew that I could run a marathon at the pace I want to coming off a bike split as fast as this for my first Ironman. The forecast for the race is showing winds 2-4mph from S to SSE which is the same direction but slightly lighter than last year.  Having 2-4mph winds is like having no wind considering that I have been doing my training rides in the open with winds in the 15-20mph range and gusts up to 30mph.  2-4 mph would be heaven.  The temps are forecasted to be around 88* which is warm but no different from Puerto Rico.  So the weather, should it hold up, will not be a huge problem. The key will be hydration/nutrition and keeping my heart rate in check.  The biggest goal will be to maintain an average Heart Rate of 135bpm.  If I do that then I will be setting myself up for the perfect run.  A heart rate in that range has shown me to be anywhere between 18.0mph and 18.5mph. Goal: 5:50 - 6:00   Run: The biggest unknown in this entire race will be here.  I have never run a marathon after riding for 112 miles.  I have run for an hour after riding 119 miles and felt great but that was only a fraction of the 26.2 I will need to cover next Saturday.  The key again will come down to how I took care of myself via nutrition/hydration on the bike. I have a strategy for the marathon that I have been practicing since December.  Run the first 4-6 miles about 15 to 30 seconds per mile slower than my goal time.  I want to get my legs under me and running at that pace will only put me behind my goal time by 2 to 3 minutes.  Not a huge time difference.  After that I want to walk 30-45 steps at each aid station.  I am not putting a time on the walking because 30 steps at Mile 2 is going to be a lot faster than 30 steps at Mile 20. Goal: 3:55 - 4:00 (this is ~9:00/mi)   Overall: The goal for any race, but especially 140.6 miles, is to just finish.  As Kevin emailed me earlier this week:  Finishing an Ironman is a PR no matter how fast you go.  I couldn't agree more with him on this.  Each course has a different story and each race, even on the same course, will tell a different story. Goal: If you take the lower end of the times along with transitions you end up at 11:15.  The higher end puts you at 11:30.  Should this go as planned an 11:30 finish time would put me in the Top 15% of finishers and that I will happily take in my first Ironman and shout it from the mountain tops. I also want to point out that my Bib# is 1626 and I have converted that to mean: 1st Ironman with a finish time of 6:26p.  A 6:26p finish time would mean an 11:26 race.  Karma?  Foreshadowing?  


Jason Bahamundi

About the Author:

I grew up in New York and lived there for 34 years until I got divorced and moved 1600 miles to my new home in Texas.  I love New York and miss it but that does not mean that Texas hasn’t been great to me because it has.  It was here that I discovered endurance sports and specifically the sport of triathlon.  Triathlon has given me new life through all the challenges it presents.  I no longer look at life the same way and I can say that is in part due to my endeavor into this sport.

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