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!