We’re just a few days out from the first half IM of the season and the first real test of my tri fitness. I’m really excited to see how far all those hours of training have gotten me, and I’m definitely going in with some confidence in my ability to perform.
My Boston goal post was a bit hesitant because I wasn’t sure how my body would hold up against 26.2 on a tough course. I know I’m prepared for swim/bike/run at the 70.3 distance, but it’s been seven months since my last tri. A lot has changed since then — and while I can guesstimate my pace and abilities in each individual discipline, it’s a bit harder to know how it will go down when I put it all together with an open water swim and transitions.
That said, here’s what I’m shooting for on Saturday (in order of ease):
Goal #1: PR — sub – 6:00
My half IM last year came in at 6:01:24. Granted, this was an even 70 rather than a 70.3 (so the swim was .3 miles short), but the course was incredibly hilly and I was woefully unprepared for the distance. I was so proud of myself for even finishing the bike course in one piece that I came into transition with a huge grin on my face despite how much I was hurting. This time around I know that even with the longer swim I’m in better shape in every discipline and have a better sense of what’s coming to me.
Goal #2: Podium
I still have the good fortune of being in the youngest — and smallest — female age group (though as of May 2 I have to face the fact that I’ll be aging up come Dec. 31) and therefore have less competition when it comes to podium spots. It’s all relative, of course, so if the other under-25 ladies are super fast then I’ve got some work to do. But there are seven total in the bunch, and I want to be up there with the top three. I managed to accomplish that at three of my four races last year, and I’d like to keep it up while I can.
Goal #3: Qualify for Halfmax
Kinetic is a qualifying race for the national 70.3 championships in Myrtle in October, which means I can accomplish this in one of two ways. I can place in the top two in my age group. Or I can go sub-5:40. I’ll take whichever one works.
This goal is purely for my own enjoyment. I can still race Halfmax by just signing up myself, but I won’t do that because it’s 1) more expensive 2) less than a month after IM and 3) kinda loses its allure if I don’t actually qualify. So, this is more for my checklist than anything else.
Goal #4: sub…
Sorry, suckaaaaas. This one’s in my head and on paper somewhere but isn’t going on the blog. You can drive yourselves crazy trying to guess what it is, or try to calculate it, or whatever, but this is my secret. I liked having something at Boston that was all mine, and I’m going to continue that tradition. Even if you guess it, I won’t admit that you’re right. Check back on Saturday. I have a lot of confidence about this race and though I know this goal will be tough, why bother doing all this if it’s not a challenge?