Saturday is my first 1/2 iron distance event of the summer: Liberty Triathlon.
It is funny how your mind works when you are knee-deep in to training for an Ironman. Two years ago, I was getting ready to do my very first 1/2 iron distance tri. The 1.2 mile swim/ 56 mile bike/ 13.1 run seemed like such a loooonnnnnng distance. I was unsure I could finish the event.
Now, two years (and one-and-a-third* other 1/2 distance tris later), the distance doesn't scare me so much.
*the "third" comes from competing in a 1/2 iron distance tri as part of a relay team...
I've previewed the bike course a couple of times, so I know where to expect rough road and/or hills. I've covered the distance in the pool and have been in open water, so.. that part won't be so bad. I've completed an official 1/2 marathon and a 15-mile race, so I know I can cover the distance.
The trick will be to stitch all three together and complete the race in a "decent" time.
What does that mean?
I'd like to PR.
There. I said it.
I want to finish in a reasonable (for me) time.
Do I think I can do it?
Depends on lots of external factors (wind; choppy water; rain) but the biggest "maybe" that typically gets in my way is my head.
I still struggle with thinking/believing/trusting that I can actually "do this". Push my self. Just a little....
I have got to get over this personal block.
"NC" should be able to help me with this. He's been my coach for less than a week and he's already pushed my training and challenged my internal beliefs. (We've already had our first fight, when I refused to do lunges. This is actually pretty good!). I think he is going to be very, very good for me and my training.
In the mean time, I'll continue to spend time pouring over my 1/2 iron distance stats to try to figure out where I can shave some time on Saturday.
I'll also be praying to the Weather and Wave Gods for calm weather and smooth seas.
Oh! I'll also carbo-load!