The great thing about the Crystal River race Saturday is that, as part of a series of three, you can directly compare each race and result to gauge your progress using the same course within weeks of each other. The last Crystal River race was on May 28th, so I have had a little more than a month to train, but due to the Team in Training kick-off the majority has been in the running area, with only a weekly bike ride, and two to three days of swimming in the pool (though I have seen some pretty good gain in that area regarding pace/distance/time).
My total time at #1 was 2:05:55 and my goal was 2:00:00 or less, so I didn’t make my goal. We will see how well I do this time. Below is a list of my time at #1, my goal for #2, and then I will re-post as part of my “Report From” blog to see how I did. 🙂
Now I am not sure I can knock 21:00 off the time from #1, and my actual goal is still to get under 2:00:00 and would be happy with that, but if I meet each individual mark the time should be around 1:45:00. We will see how that works.
Knocking a minute off the swim should be easy if I make sure not to get pushed off course. I tend to have that happen every race and I know it costs me at least a minute of time. The transitions can be faster but it’s always dependent on how you feel coming out of the water and coming in from the bike. Very different each time, but my first ever T1 at Escape was 14:00, so it HAS improved.
The bike I am looking at a 3:30 pace, which is about 17.5 mph pace. Not sure I can maintain that (my races have usually been in the 15.2 range) but I think I discovered a problem with my form during recent rides and we will see how that works out in a race. As usual, conditions always play a role in the bike (headwinds, etc.) so this could vary greatly.
The run is always my downfall. I have a hard time running after the bike. I am trying something different this time regarding my fluid intake to see if it helps me get me legs faster. It’s a 3 mile run, so doing it in 40:00 is around a 13:00 to 14:00 pace, which I have been doing in daily runs without coming off the bike.
Because it’s such a small race (limited to 350 people) I can do much better and still finish last, so I know I need to get that out of my head. In #1 there were 22 Clydesdale’s (see previous post about my feeling on THAT name) and I was #21. This race has only 11 Clydesdale’s so it’s possible I can knock 20:00 off and still be last. I just need to focus on the TIME and not the RESULT.
Send me good vibes, and I will get results out as soon as I can. 🙂