It seems so weird to be titling a post "Getting Into Race Mode" in September. Normally that would be something that I'd probably write about early in the season. But, given that I haven't really had a season and my first (but amazingly, not last) race of the season is tomorrow, it's appropriate.
Tomorrow I will be toeing the line at the Ontario Women's Triathlon for the swim / bike. I could probably tough out the triathlon as the run is only 4km but, I know that when I push the pace when I'm running, I aggravate the nerve in my leg. So, I figured I'd play it safe and not risk doing any more damage.
I have to admit, I'm feeling a little rusty and more than a little nervous. Of course, I broke my goggles this morning at the pool so when I get home I have to dig through everything and try to find my spares. Or I take G's, which I think I should be able to find relatively easily. I'm going to take my tri bike out for a spin tonight to make sure everything is running smoothly now that my race wheels are on my bike. And of course, I can't forget to pack my wetsuit. I also need to find my race belt. I have no idea where that is, although I'm not sure I need it for this I'm not running.
SO MANY THINGS. I feel like a newbie all over again, ha ha.
I am looking forward to racing this, even with the less than ideal forecast for tomorrow. I went out to the free swim / bike clinic that Race Director, Paolina Allan held on Monday so I could check out the course and get another open water swim in. The water is lovely! I am hoping that it's not windy so the lake doesn't get too choppy. The bike course it pretty much pancake flat so I can't wait to let Tom Sawyer fly. I'll be curious to see what I can do given my lack of any sort of targeted bike training this summer. Especially on my tri bike. I've been riding my road bike on a regular basis since May!
|Paolina and all the ladies that came out to the clinic|
I gotta say, I still think it's a pretty sweet bike. I'm really hoping that it sees more action next year.
Speaking of next year, I've signed up for Tremblant 70.3 again. Hopefully I make it to the start line. There is also talk of doing Lake Placid 70.3, which falls on THIS weekend next September. Could be a chilly race! Finishing on that Olympic Oval is something pretty special. So, we'll see what next year brings. I have to fix my broken body first!
Anyway, good luck to everyone that may be racing this weekend and I'll be back next week with a race report. Woohoo!