Tri KW Race Goals

Tomorrow I’m racing the Key West Olympic triathlon, my last race of the 2016.  It’s been a pretty challenging training cycle with moving, home repairs/improvement, having to drive back and forth to Newport News to finish up the shifts I had signed up for (January is my last month of that!!), but I put in the training and feel ready to race.

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I have two time goals:

PR. Which means finishing under 3 hours, 16 minutes, 49 seconds (REV3 Williamsburg).  I’m somewhat confident I can do this as my running has improved off the bike and the KWTRI bike course is roughly 2 miles shorter than REV3 (REV3 course was longer than a traditional Olympic distance).

PR the run. I ran a 1:08:58 at REV3 and know I’m a stronger runner off the bike now.  Plus, the run course is pancake flat.

Otherwise, my goals are to finish and have fun.

What am I excited about? The bike. I thrive on a flat bike course and I’m excited to see what gains I have made throughout the year. Tyler and I rode some of the course on Wednesday and it was just what I expected-flat with a couple of slight hills on the bridges.

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Roads for days…..

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Seen on my ride 🙂

Also, I’m excited about racing in the heat. I love it. I know I struggled during REV3, but I’ve adjusted my fueling strategy and think I’ve found something that works.

What am I nervous about? The swim. I’m always nervous about the swim, so this isn’t new to me. The water looked a bit rough on Wednesday, but today it was much calmer. Luckily it’s going to be a wetsuit legal swim, so I’m fully taking advantage of that. My goal is to just go from buoy to buoy until I’m back at the beach headed into T1.

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Well, that’s about it! Looking forward to crossing that finish line tomorrow and celebrating all of the work I’ve put in this fall.

 

 

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