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.
Posted by Larissa at 11:28 AM