Marineland Sprint Triathlon Goals
|June 11, 2012||Posted by Katy under Summer 2012 Training, Triathlon, Triathlon Training|
I can’t believe that my second triathlon is this Sunday! It feels like just yesterday that I first stepped into the lake for the start of my first Sprint triathlon in March. So much has happened since then and I have a lot of thoughts going into my race this weekend.
I know for certain that I am way more mentally confident than I was going into my previous triathlon. It baffles me that I was so terrified that I almost did not sign up for the race to begin with.
At the beginning of my summer training, I stated that I did not have any specific goals going into my first triathlon of the summer. This was partly true; at the time I did not have any specific goals, but I knew that I would formulate some goals as the race came closer. It honestly all boiled down to how well I recovered from my half-marathon earlier this month.
I was surprised that I recovered so well from the half and have allowed myself to make some bigger goals for myself other than to “just finish.” I know at this point that I can successfully complete a triathlon, so why not push myself?
Mentally I am going into this race really strong. While I am a little nervous about the swim being in the ocean (verses a lake like my last one), I know that if I remain calm in the water, that I will complete the distance. My swimming technique is less than desired, but I am a stronger swimmer than I was a few months ago.
For this race, I have a few goals:
1) Conquer the swim: If all goes well (not freaking out, the water not being too choppy, the swim course not shortened due to weather, etc) I should easily PR the swim portion. I have dropped a significant amount of time on my 100m splits and take less and shorter rest breaks during my swim sessions. I won’t have the security of a wet suit during this race, but as long as I swim my OWN race and not focus on others around me, I should do well.
2) Speed up my transitions: This is where I lost significant time during my last race. My T1 time was 4:06 and T2 was 1:23. Granted T1 was a LONG run uphill from the lake and I was wrestling with my wetsuit, but I can easily bring this time down by a lot. I won’t have a wetsuit to worry about and I do not have to worry about putting on a tank top (since I will be wearing a tri-specific top). I would also like to get my T2 time down to just under a minute (this is possible…I hope). I have not been practicing transitions like I should, so maybe this goal is a bit lofty, but we’ll see. This race should be smaller than my last so hopefully the transition area will not be as large.
3) Push on the bike: The bike may be becoming my weakest event in the triathlon. While I am no Michael Phelps in the water, I know that I can swim better than some people and will (hopefully) not be the last out of the water. The bike however, is where I struggle. I do not have a fast cadence and by looking at previous results of this race, I have come to the conclusion that I will be one of the last out there (the average pace ranges from 16.5- 20+ mph) My goal is to bike close to a 16 mph pace because that is the best I can do at this time.
4) Catch up on the run: If I can do anything well in a triathlon setting it is run. This is where I passed a significant amount of people who passed me on the bike. My goal would be to beat my run time from my previous race (27:02).
5) Set a new PR: If the weather holds up and no part of the course is shortened for safety, I am going all out for a new personal record. The distances are almost identical to my other triathlon (the bike course is .6 of a mile longer, but otherwise) and I know that I can set a much better time for myself. I have not set a new PR in well over a year and it would be nice to prove to myself that I can still do it.
We will see come Sunday if I am able to achieve these goals. My training for this race has not been exactly what I envisioned, but it will give me a good indication on what I need to improve on for the second part of my training this summer.
T-minus six days and counting!
Do you have any big races coming up? What are your goals?