Heading to Topeka for my first Olympic distance triathlon (sort of). The distances are a bit skewed but no matter. I am in the last wave (40+ men) of the day and will probably be the last one in (and out) of the water. The bad news about this triathlon is the weather. It’s going to be HOT. It is also unfortunate that they are starting the race at 8am, which means I won’t be in the water until 8:30 (wave start, no more than 75 per wave). Since my goal is to finish under 2 1/2 hours, this means I will hit the finish line about 11am. Should be nice and toasty by then…
I have had several attempts at managing the heat on the run recently and all have failed miserably. Hospital Hill was a bit of a train wreck, but it didn’t get bad until the last 5 miles, so I’m hoping a shorter run will be better. There may also be a breeze (it’s Kansas… OF COURSE there’s a breeze) and if it doesn’t sap too much energy from me on the ride, maybe it will help a little on the run.
No matter, I’m going and I will give it everything I’ve got. I’ve made a few small adjustments in my swim technique that seem to be helping. But a mile swim is a long time to remember that for. It’s not automatic yet and I find myself reverting back to old form when I get in traffic or break my rhythm for whatever reason. My bike leg will be what it is. My mantra the whole bike leg will be “Spin, baby, spin!” I know that works, but again, it’s just not natural yet. The run will be all about heat management and not self destructing. Start slow and run negative splits if I can. Then lots of ice and liquid painkiller at the finish line.
Off to see the Wizard!