First of all: happiness is.....doing a 2000 yard easy swim--at an easy/steady pace, and looking at your watch when it's done and seeing 36:17. What the heck's gotten into me?!
Okay, second of all, I just got my "race plan" for this weekend's Half Ironman in New York.
Race plan? Seriously...what's that? My race plan in the past has consisted of hammer hammer hammer and try not to die on the run. That's an OK strategy for a sprint or maybe an olympic.
Yeah, it didn't work out so well for me in last year's HIM though. My run was SOOOOOOOOOOO poopy. It was more of a glorified shuffle.
So I'm reading through this thing from my coach, who, by the way, is a MULTIPLE IM finisher, including Wisconsin last year SIX FREAKING MONTHS AFTER HAVING HER SON. So, um, she kinda knows her stuff. I guess I'd better listen to her.
The trouble is that Competitive Sara, or shall I call her "Short Course Competitive Sara," (SCCS for short) is not too happy with the plan. SCCS is great for a sprint or olympic, but I wish she'd get the hell outta here this summer. She's totally annoying. Long Course Sara is much slower, but much more rational. I think she really needs to kick SCCS's ass.
Here's the plan in bold, in a nutshell, and the reactions of my alteregos in italics:
Breakfast: Eat 3 hours before the race, 400+ calories
Swim: Seed yourself properly. You are a strong swimmer, you should be in the 1st row or two of your wave.
SCCS: Now we're talkin'! Woo hoo!!! Hammer time!!
LCS: Um, no. There will be no crazy hammering. She also wrote, "think easy stroke and smooth stroke."
Bike: HR Zone 2 +/- 5 beats, so 135-145 for first 40 miles of the bike. For the next 16 miles HR is low zone 3, 145-155. You should always feel like you could ride faster.
SCCS: That's crazy! If you could ride faster, you should.
LCS: Um, no. She also put in bold RED LETTERS, "If it is hot you might want to be a little more conservative....these HR's keep you below your lactate threshhold, so the lactic acid does not start to accumulate in your legs." Need I remind you of what happened at Deer Creek last year? You felt so great on the bike and then KER-PLOOIE on the run. Shut up and do what she says.
It will be hard when people go by you, but stick to the plan, it is a long day. Chances are if they go blowing by you, you will see them again and you will be passing them.
SCCS: No one's going by you! What is she talking about? It's a race, baby! You're supposed to blow by everyone!
LCS: HELL-LOOOO??? What are ya, DUMB?!!! Don't you remember ANYTHING???!!! You WERE one of those people last year!! How's about you actually freaking LISTEN this time??!!
Run: if it is hot, be conservative, at a pace that feels like you should be going quicker. There is a lot of running to do. Ideally stay at high zone 2 for first half of run. The more you run in zone 3, the more you will accumulate lactic acid....if you feel good in the end and want to pick it up, try to, just remember these HR zones.
SCCS: Pace that feels like you should be going quicker? Yawn. Then go quicker!
LCS: Seriously. I can't even talk to you. I think I'm going to bang my head against a brick wall.
SCCS: You're nuts.
LCS: No, you're nuts.
Enjoy your day!
SCCS: Just win, baby!
LCS: I hate you.
So that's about it. SCCS better not even get in my freaking car this weekend. She is soooo not welcome at this race. This race will really need to be training and nice and slow, so if she shows up, hopefully Jodi and TriAl can help me tape her mouth shut and tie her to a tree or something.
The only thing that has me a little worried is that the first 23 miles of the bike course look like they are mostly uphill, and then downhill from then. I will have to talk to my coach about that and see if that modifies the plan of attack or not.
Forecast for Geneva, NY on Sunday?
90 degrees F and sunny. Oh boy. Here we go.
So, onto New York--in the past 3 weekends I've been in the following states: Missouri, Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and now New York. My car is starting to get sick of me.
Musselman, here I come!