Well, this week has finally arrived. The tapering of my workouts has made me feel just like that bucking Thoroughbred in the starting gates ready to release that pent up energy. Today I fly to Houston and my family will join me on Friday. Last night I finished the daunting task of packing all the gear. Always my least favorite activity before a big trip.
Thankfully Gary Wixom drove all of our bikes down yesterday. He is "the man" when it comes to getting a bike tuned up better than new. We are lucky to have him down there to help us with last minute adjustments.
I will try to update the blog with some pre-race pics once I'm down there so you can get a good feel for the atmosphere. In the mean time I thought that I would share with you some goals for race day.
Above all else it would really be icing on the cake if I can just finish before the 17 hour cut off at Midnight. We all have to remember that pushing my body longer than 6 hours continuously will be totally new territory for me and I will do my best to listen to it. Hopefully "on the job" training will be successful.
If things are going well then here are my specific goals for the best case scenario:
Swim - 1 hour 20 minutes
Transition 1 - 5 minutes
Bike - 6 hours 10 minutes
Transition 2 - 5 minutes
Run - 4 hours
Grand Total Finish Time of 11 hours 40 minutes.
Whatever happens this has been a truly amazing experience and I am so thankful for the opportunity to give it my best shot.
Thanks for all the encouragement!