>> Thursday, April 02, 2009
These are things I need to keep in mind on Sunday during IM NO 70.3. These are more for me than for you: I think writing these out will help me keep them in mind, even though it might be more of a boring post for you. Sorry.
Swim: Take it easy. You’re good at keeping calm and cool and under control in the swim. Do that and you’ll be fine.
Bike: Ahh, yes. The big “question mark” for the day. How hard have I trained on my trainer? How will that translate to outdoor riding? (The race will be my third outdoor ride all year, and only my third ride ever on Goldilocks!) I need to keep it easy for the first half - I learned that on my 60 miler a few weeks ago. Assuming it’s calm and the wind isn’t a factor, I should shoot for a negative split on the bike - go out easy, and pick it up throughout. How hard? How much do I “pick it up?” Well, that’s anyone’s guess.
Oh, and get those calories in you while on the bike! You don’t want another “nutritional bonk” like at the Square Lake Half IM last year. EAT!! If you don’t, you can kiss your goal on the run goodbye.
First half of the run: Similar to bike: take it easy. You tend to go out just a little too hard. Hold back, make sure to eat, and hold a steady pace. Try not to walk too much.
Second half of the run: This is where it hurts. Gut it out and push, push, PUSH! Again, try not to walk too much (if I can keep it to 3 or 4 walk breaks, that’d be great). It will hurt, but you won’t die.
You WILL finish you’re third half IM (and first official IM 70.3) on Sunday!
And just between you and me, I’m hoping to try out my new “secret weapon.” Shhh... don’t tell anyone about this: