This year will be the 3rd year in a row I have prepared for Timberman. I know the hotel, I know the course, I know the race day ritual. Geesh my parents have even been going long enough to find a "better" hotel to stay at.
To be honest this will be my 5th 70.3 distance event. After 3 times on this course and 2 Quassy course races I am fairly certain I will finish on Sunday. There is one thing that has eluded me in every 70.3 I have done. That is RUNNING the half marathon. And before you make the crappy comment I have heard from many people YES I can run a half marathon. I have completed plenty of stand alone half marathon distance races with a PR 2:02. But that isn't doing it after swimming 1.2 mi and biking 56mi. I had hopes that I would run the whole course at Quassy this year. But thank you to the insane weather that came in making it so hot I didn't have much chance. I did shuffle more than I did the year before though.
Running the half marathon at a 70.3 has been one of my big goals for this season. Honestly I don't care if it is slow I just want to be able to be honest with myself and say YEP I Ran it. I have the plan of letting myself take a few steps (maybe 5) while taking on fluids at aid stations- if needed. And honestly- I can't run and not spill coke down my chin and chest. I plan on grabbing coke and boob ice. My plan is to get in my zone not look at those walking around me, maybe use my visor tactic from Quassy, and race my run.
For the swim- I hope to stay about the same time (around 33-35 min). I hope my transitions will be a little faster (closer to 2min). My bike maybe a little faster or about the same time. If it is a little faster I don't want it to be to the detriment of my run (goal around 3:10-3:15). All of this will hopefully end with a close to 6 hour race. I'll report back but for now this is my thoughts. Good luck to all my friends who will be out there! I can't wait to see you all on the course!!