Happy Wednesday, everyone! Today is actually my Friday as I am heading up to my parent's lake home tonight to spend a couple of days with my brother from Chicago and his family. I felt a little bit sheepish asking for time off during the 4th week in my new job but my boss was totally fine with it. I have barely seen my brother and his family since last summer so I am looking forward to spending a couple of days with them. I have to head back to Minneapolis on Friday afternoon (for Phil's pre-birthday celebration + triathlon weekend!!) so it will be a quick trip but I'll take what I can get!
Besides thinking about my time at the lake, my mind is also on the triathlon which is on Sunday morning. In an ideal world, I would have focused more on training for the triathlon but I did the best I could on top of marathon training. I know I am going to finish the race which is really all that matters. My ultimate goal is to finish and have fun, so I guess you'd call that my "A" goal. I'm pretty sure I'm going to achieve that so my "B" goal is to finish in under 2 hours. But, because I like to push myself, I've got a stretch goal of finishing in around 1:50, which would be my "C" goal. In order to achieve that "C" goal, here's is how each of the segments would need to go:
Swim - 15 minutes. The swim is 500 yards. I have not timed myself during any of my swims and I always swim further than 500 yards so I have no idea what to expect for the swim. 15 minutes seems like a reasonable goal, though. This is definitely the biggest wild card of the three sports!
Bike - 60 minutes. The bike portion is 15.5 miles. I've biked quite a bit this summer but I am always having to slow down for intersections and such so I have no idea how fast I can go when I don't have to start and stop. I'm hoping that I can do the bike ride in about an hour as that's just shy of a 4 minute/mile pace which seems doable.
Run - 28 minutes. If it was a stand alone 5k, I could certainly finish it in well under 28 minutes but considering that I'll have already swam and biked, I expect my running time to be a bit slower. 28 minutes equates to about a 9 minute mile so I might be a little bit optimistic on that as I imagine I'll be tired when I hit the run!
Overall goal - 1:50, which gives me about 7 minutes between the 2 transitions.
Will I achieve this? Who knows. But since I am a competitive person, I can't go into a race without a challenging goal! If all I achieve is my "A" of finishing, then that is A-OK, too.
This is my last post of the week as I'll be focusing on having fun with my family! Have a great rest of the week, everyone, and send me some good race vibes on Sunday morning! If you've done a tri, do you have any words of advice for me?