The time has come… this time tomorrow I will indeed cry ‘havoc’ and let slip the dogs (or the horses in my Honda Odyssey) towards Omaha. So friends, netizens, countryfolk (gotta be inclusive); lend me your ears!
This was to have been my “A” race and my second tri of the season. It was supposed to be my shot at qualifying for nationals. Now we’re just going to have to see how it goes.
I have been able to get in a few swims and some heat acclimation runs, along with a few good bike rides. According to last year’s stats for the race, a placement in the top 33% would require a time of roughly 2:57:00, which should be well within my abilities. Unfortunately for me, since this race is a regional qualifier it might attract a lot more folks a lot faster than that, so I’m not holding my breath that that time will necessarily hold. On the other hand, the water temperature is looking to be warmer than that magic temperature of 78°F. At this temp, wet suits are legal for racing but not for awards or qualification. Since I’m comfortable going without a wet suit this actually might help me qualify.
Officially, here are my predictions:
swim: 30 minutes
run: 56 minutes
transitions: 4 minutes
This should see me in by around 2:45:00, if things go as planned. The bike course is rolling Loess hills, so that should give me an advantage, as should the hills on the run. My training issues will be my big disadvantage.
So here I go…. off to my adventure. Let’s see how glorious the sun will be after my Winter’s Discontent!