Congrats on your come back – Ginger – Living the Tri Life
Don’t call it a come back, I’ve been here for years – LL Cool J
Before the race, the last triathlon I did was the Mighty Magnolia (clears throat) 2011 and I did not do any running races since RnR NOLA 2012 (half PR). Well, there was a trail run that I ran in a banana suit last fall (Rattler Ramble). It is not like I have been sitting on my duff – it is just I have not needed to toe the line. My bike volume has been the biggest ever (I have averaged 130+ miles per week since March), the run volume has been low to moderate but consistence and the swim – well, I got in the pool some before this race.
Packet pick up the night before
I signed up for the Might Mag way back early in the spring. I made a commitment. I put down my money for accountability reasons (and the race is much cheaper the earlier you register). You also get to start earlier (time trail start based on when you register – I was number 16).
I ended up having a good race, not a great race but a good, solid race. I generally only sign up for races (triathlon, running or otherwise) when I can do my best. I like to push myself, test myself and reach for PR’s. I have a good track record of achieving these because I don’t race every weekend. I am not interested in doing a training race – training is training and racing is racing.
But this race would be different. I haven’t exactly been sitting on the couch the past year (remember, lots of biking) but I am at the very upper limit of my comfort zone in weight, which is defined as all of my clothes still fit me just fine but they might be a little snug. I’m not hitting the big and tall racks but I could stand to lose 10 pounds (and 15 to get to my absolute leanest). And when it comes to racing light is right – nowhere around that fact.
TRAINING AND PREP -
I often say that I am a proficient swimmer – I’ll get through the swim but I’m not going to win any races in the water. Looking it up (well advanced in an art, occupation, or branch of knowledge), proficient that might be too strong of a word. I am more of a confident swimmer. I am a water jogger and like most triathletes the swim is just a way to get to the bike. I am not a line watcher and I would much rather being playing water basketball or water volleyball than swimming laps. I tallied my swim training sessions for the year the breakdown is nothing to brag about.
- Very little swimming and zero practice in the wetsuit
- Changed everything on the bike (including the bike)
- Running mileage way down, weight up and zero bricks
This started as a race report but ended up being a short training / prep / triathlon year in review. Stay tuned for the race report!