Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Getting Amped

I am really starting to get amped up for the Polar Bear Triathlon this weekend (sprint distance).  Races really help me to stay motivated, and I haven't been to a race since the Mid-Winter 10 Mile Classic in Feburary. 

So yeah, I really need this right now.

As far as the upcoming race, I feel pretty good about everything but the swim and the run.

The swim because, well, swim training is my biggest challenge in the winter - the closest pool is over an hour away.  So, I just haven't been able to get to the pool too much.  That will remain one of my biggest challenges in early races, and makes the likelihood of me racing anything over an Olympic distance in the spring pretty small. 

I figure I can make that up later in open water triathlons - soon as the water temperatures allow, I train exclusively in open water, and I swim a lot, which I think will actually help me in later triathlons.  I don't plan on being fast in this race, just steady.

You all know the story about the run.  It will be fueled by Advil.  I am seeking a sponsorship if the Advil people are reading.

I feel really great about the bike, it is a short 11 miles with a few hills and a few hairpin turns on the descents.   I need to remember those hairpin turns because I kind of need some work on my cornering at speed.  I have this (not so irrational) fear of taking out a crowd when I come around a corner a little wider than everyone else expects.  I am starting to see this as one of the downsides of always riding alone, you only have to look out for potholes, vehicles, and moose - not other riders. 

The one thing I am sure of is that this race is going to be fun, because races are always fun.  That is why I do this stuff.  Also because I figure a PR on this course is a sure thing because I have never done this course, or this short of a distance sprint before. 

And really, it is the perfect warm-up to the Sugarloaf Marathon (also fueled by Advil) the following weekend.  From this point on, I have about 2 races a month until Timberman, and I plan on treating these races as brick workouts and check points in my fitness level.  That is the plan anyway!

11 comments:

KC (my 140 point 6 mile journey) said...

Excellent plan! I had a funny vision when I read the line about you coming around a hairpin turn and taking out the crowd. You know those caught on video crashes where a little mini race car, usually in Europe somewhere, hits a corner too hard and takes out the cameraman and a bunch of people all flying, limbs flailing thru the air...but of course, they all live to tell. You know what I've noticed lately in talking to people who have been doing tri's for awhile and who have not been able to swim in a while? They all pretty much get into the swim without even a hiccup, which makes me very envious. i would like to someday be at that point or ability. You will do well this weekend b/c like you said, it's fun and when you are having fun, it isn't work. The tri is a warm up for your Advil aided marathon.

Big Daddy Diesel said...

Ok, a little *jealous* over here in Ohio. My season doesnt start till the last week of May and Maine has a race already. COMEEEEEE ONNNNN!!!! I am itchy for a starting line.

Caratunk Girl said...

KC - LOL, love the race car reference! I hope you are right about the swim!
Big Daddy D - I bet you are chomping at the bit to see a starting line!

Aimee (I Tri To Be Me) said...

Good luck this weekend! I'm sure it will be a great race! :)

Jon said...

Ok you got me. I thought that it was going to be an OWS in the triathlon. You ARE a bunch of MAINE-iacs up yonda! Was relieved when I checked the web-site that its a pool swim.

Caratunk Girl said...

LOL Jon -Yes, pool swim, I guess I didn't make that very clear! :) We are MAINE-iacs though! :)

RockStarTri said...

Let me know where to sign up for the advil sponsorship. Racing IS fun. Enjoy!

Midwestern Dot said...

Good plan.
Your swim plan doesn't sound so bad...if you train only in open water you will have a definite advantage later in the season when everyone is stuck in side looking at the damn black line at the bottom of the pool!

Patrick Mahoney said...

Good luck with your race. Agree with the above poster for sure, use the lack of a pool to your OWS training advantage.

Yep I know the Red Sox have been beating the crap out of the Angels. I'm a little neutral there since I live here now and both teams hate the Yankees. I miss going to Fenway though because Angels Stadium is a little...calm.

Celtics handing it to Cleveland that night was great too. Sorry not even sure who the Bruins are playing, everyone I work with are Canucks fans.

Jon Gilchrist said...

looking forward to the race report after the weekend comes and goes...do well!!!

Missy said...

It all just sounds freakin ccccooolllld to me. My blood is thin and I'm just not that hardcore;)