So, we've got the last tune-up triathlon before Ironman Lake Tahoe.The Jackson County triathlon is this Sunday and this marks the 8th straight year I've been racing this particular triathlon. I started off at the sprint distance the first two years and moved to the long course the past 5 years.
I would go back and forth about past performances to compare to how I think I will do this weekend, but there had been glitches on the course that shorted some swims that throw off the finish times.
I'd like to think I have improved in my swimming, but to think I can swim 1000 meters in 8 minutes is a stretch in 2011.
I have improved in overall place each year, if that makes a difference.
In reality, my main objectives are...Go all out, regardless of how I feel from the IM training workload. This week is a built in low week, so it's sort of a taper, but not really. There will probably be some lead in the legs.
And, to stay injury free. No pulling anything and no crashing. Good goals to have I guess. ;)
What to expect on each leg.Swim - 1000 meters - lets go with a solid below 2:00 per 100 meters. My workouts average 1:45 to 1:50 in the pool with drills and rest time and without a wetsuit. With the cool weather in KC of late, I'm hoping for wetsuit legal, but I have a Zoot speed suit just in case. Lets say 1:40 for 17ish minutes for the two loop swim course.
Bike - My best time on the 26 miles is 1:10. My speed is comparable to last year so far, so I'm not expecting a huge time savings here. Lets go with 1:15 for some fudge factor.
Run - I've been feeling good about the run. I'm hoping to at least match my best run time and pump out at least a 37 minute run. Maybe feel super good and go for a 35 minute 5 miler.
So, give around 1:30 for each transition and add 3 minutes.
The total looks around 2:11 (let me know if my math is off). That would be around my 2009 time. It should be interesting.
In the end...It's a fun course that's been a tradition for me. The weather is looking to be perfect and maybe even a little chilly. I'm looking forward to getting another event in to work out any kinks and try and give it everything I have to see what I can do with the extra training for IM Tahoe I have been putting in.
30 mph bike split? 7 min/mile run splits?
Probably not. ;)
Check back in next week for results!