This time next week I will be sipping a coffee with my feet up at the Hyatt in Cambridge, wearing my Eagleman finishers medal. We are down to days now. Every time I think about it, I get butterflies and I kind of want to puke. I keep watching the water temperature. It went down to 68 degrees last week but now it's back up to 71. Far too close to the wet suit legal cut off for my liking! I'm praying a cold front sweeps in over the next week and drops the temperature again. I'm thinking that's not going to happen but I can hope. This is the current race day forecast. Hotter than I'm used to but I suspected that would be the case. But, every time I've looked at it, it's changed. So I'm taking this with a grain of salt.
This past weekend marked the start of my triathlon racing season. I did the Woodstock sprint, like I've done every year for the last 3 years. I love that little race. It was a really windy day so the swim conditions weren't ideal and we had a fair bit of wind on the bike but I still had a great race. Full race report to follow later on this week! And I got to hang out with this lovely lady and her hubby.
I'm really sore after these last two days though. My glute / nerve issues aren't 100% gone. I could really feel them on my long run yesterday. I'm going back to see Peter tomorrow and I had a massage yesterday so things feel a lot looser but there's still some residual tightness. I'm definitely going to take things easy this week. I skipped my swim this morning in order to sleep in and I'm crossing my fingers that work isn't too crazy stressful this week! I have one last task and that is to try out my skin suit in the pool on Wednesday. It's looking very likely that the swim will be non wetsuit. Of course I have the option of wearing one, I'd just have to go in the last wave and not be eligible for any AG awards. I'm torn because I'd like to see how well I could place but I also want the security of swimming in my wetsuit. I don't plan on taking a Worlds Spot if it happens to roll down so I may just end up swimming in my wetsuit. It will mean I start a lot later and will be out on the course a lot later but either way, I'm racing in weather that I'm not used to so I don't think it's going to make much of a difference.
Anyway, this is how my last week of training rolled out.
Wednesday: 2200m in the a.m. at the pool and then 1050m at the quarry in the p.m.
Thursday: 20km trainer ride, followed by a 3km run off the bike.
Friday: 2400m swim
Saturday: Woodstock sprint: 750m swim, 20km bike, 5km run
Sunday: 14km run, followed by about 1600m at the quarry in extremely choppy water. Not really sure because my Garmin messed things up.
Total time: 5h 39 minutes.
Now it's time to rest, eat good food and get some sleep (good thing I watched Game of Thrones last night, haha). As G says, it's time to enter the Fret Free Zone. There's nothing else I can do at this point except enjoy the journey and try NOT to finish this entire carton before we leave.
Woodstock race report to come so check back for that bit of fun!