Friday, July 6, 2007

Here. We. Go.

Well, sports fans, with my FTE (First Tri Ever) looming in the very near future, I am starting to get excited. I'm finishing my "peak week" up this afternoon with a quick, high intensity session on the trainer and a fifteen minute run off in the 90+ degree heat. Should be fun. Actually, one of the more surprising aspects of my training has been my ability to adapt to the heat. Heat used to be a workout killer for me, but (as long as I take my e-caps), not so much anymore. Today's run will definitely test those limits.

Peak week has been a mixed bag for me as I'm still not able to swim due to last weekends 25 year old induced shoulder injury. Pride/Hubris definitely goeth before a fall. Literally. I get one medal (third in my age group, Taste of Tilles 5k, thank you very much) and I think I can keep up with the fast kids. So not happening. So, my shoulder is still unhappy with me and swimming is right out. I am icing, Adviling, resting and praying. Worst case scenario: FTE swim is only 300m. I can knock that out regardless - though it might hurt a little. Then I'll take a week off of everything if I have to and get this puppy well. The swim is not going to win this thing for me anyway. Ironically, its my growing strength on the bike that will make or break my final time.

Starting tomorrow, my taper begins - a gradual drop off of duration with bursts of high intensity until race day. I know I'm going to be one antsy chick come next Friday. Someone's going to have to sit on me to keep me from swimming/running/biking my fiery little heart out. I'll see if Hubby can take off work for that one.

Come July 15th at 7:30 a.m., I'll see what these months of training hath wrought. I'm hoping for more bling. I hate to put it out there, but, looking at last year's times v. my training times, I have a decent shot at the top three in my age group. That's my Level 3 Goal. Speaking of which, I might as well put all that out there. My Goals are three tiered - Level 1 being the base level I'll be happy with - the bare minimum for me to walk away smiling and Level 3 being the "in my wildest dreams" reach. They are as follows:

Level 1 - Finish strong, knowing I left it all out on the course.
Level 2 - Finish in under 1:15.
Level 3 - (as previously mentioned) Place in my age group (35 - 39). Its a tough group to compete with, but its a small race. And I have so trained for it.

There it is. And Here We Go.


Anonymous said...

Hubby says:

Ok, I'll sit on you, if that what it takes to be supportive.

Although with all this firestuff I might need some Tucks medicated pads or somthing!

Maybe I can start my own blog about sitting on you!

Love you!

Audrey said...

hi! i found your blog through Danielle's Back of Scientist Blog!

I wanted to wish you good times in your first tri and also say good luck with your law apps when the time comes. I just finished my first year of law school in Boston. I think your LSAT score rocks. Good luck!!

21stCenturyMom said...

You are SO ready. So very, very, very ready. Just stay calm race morning and do a great job setting up transition and that's it - go pedal to the medal.

You are going to rock it, baby! I know stuff and I can tell.

Vickie said...

And I am thinking you are so ready for this you can't help but win something. And I can tell you from first hand experience, even if you don't win something tangible, you certainly will win something no one can take from you--the experience, the fun, the pride all from having accomplished this triathlon goal. And if the bike is getting to be your strong point, you are doubly blessed because it may come down to the run, but the bike is where its at! Good luck. Stay calm this week.

Comm's said...

Ah, the first ever tri. What a feeling.

bring it home Phoenix.

Jane said...

Hey, I didn't know you never did one. I thought you were an experienced triathlete! My first one is on July 15 too! What a memorable day. I will write you on that day, as we will both probably be ecstatic. Does this mean we are both losing our "tri-virginity"??

SkiRough said...

Woot! First tri ever!!! Very psyched for you... go own it!

You have some abitious goals, I think mine before my first one were:
level 1: not drown
level 2: not crash (didn't make that one)
level 3: not come in last.

No Wetsuit Girl... overseas! said...

True grit! Bite down hard and tear those 300m to bits! I'm sure that you'll do great! In my experience all those goals (except tier 1) go out the window as soon as that gun goes off (only to return when you cross the finish line), so just have fun and swim/bike/run your firey little heart out! Leave it all out there, but remember to pace yourself! Good luck on the taper!