Two weeks out and I’m feeling relatively okay with where I’m at. Last weekend I ran 14 miles with some hills, the weekend before I open-water swam then bricked in a 33-mile bike. The distances aren’t going to be a problem, through stringing them together will be most certainly be interesting.
My open-water swim experience starts and ends with some races I did back in Arizona (re: no wetsuit necessary). We’re pretty lucky in that just about 40 minutes from our home is a section of the Snake River that’s perfect for swimming and time-trialing (flat and pretty straight with little traffic). The university rowing team has a boathouse down there and a couple of 2k courses buoyed, which makes for great swim practice. She kayaked next to me while I swam out almost a mile and then back; The water was a chilly 54 degrees but in the wetsuit, it actually wasn’t too bad. And I am not a fan of the cold water.
Nutrition is going to be a little bit of a wildcard. I’ve been training with Clif Bars and Clif Shots, which they’ll have on-course, but I haven’t been training well. Most of my long days I’ve gone with too little fuel and bonked. Just haven’t been smart about it. I believe that I have a pretty good plan for race day, but I guess we’ll see how well it works:
4:45am – Breakfast: instant oatmeal with almond butter and agave nectar. also a banana, water, and small coffee
6:00am – Preswim: ClifShot
6:45am – T1: ClifBar
7:00am – Bike: aero bottle with straw will have a Nuun, will drink (and refill) as needed. behind the seat will have a bottle with 6 ClifShots mixed with water, will drink 1/6 of that every 30 min on bike.
10:00am – T2: ClifBlocks
10:15am – Run: Will start out run with a bottle in-hand filled with a Nuun. That’ll get refilled as needed and will take another ClifShot about every 3 miles. Will start drinking Coke at 10 miles or if I seriously bonk after 7.
Those times are obviously approximated and rounded as a guide. I know that I can handle Clif Shots and there will be aid stations with those every 15 miles on the bike and at about every mile on the run so I should be solid. Will probably carry one in my water bottle pouch thing just in case.
Post-race nutrition is going to consist of a hoppy IPA and a burger.
The last few parts for my tri bike “war rig” should be showing up on the doorstep here tomorrow. Those would be a new set of rubbers (Conti Grand Prix 4000s), an XLab Mini Wing behind-the-seat water cage setup, and a carbon Profile Design seatpost. Just cuz. I went with the XLab Mini Wing for it’s compatibility with my ISM PR 2.0 saddle; It’s got some weirdly angled rails that a lot of hydration systems won’t mount to. My next post will cover the bike setup more specifically.
The other thing I need to work out this weekend will be my bike transition. I don’t think I’m going to do the whole “shoe’s already clipped into the pedals” thing…but I’m going to try to out to see if it’s feasible. I also need to practice how I’ll dismount the bike, which sounds dumb but I haven’t gone into a transition zone in nearly decade and I’d rather not eat shit in front of a crowd.
Those are my thoughts for the day. I’m going to snap a few pictures of the bike this weekend and slap up another post on that, since I think it’s cool. Also on Thursday is my last athlete check-in with the physio so I’ll get a final set of numbers. I can already tell ya that I wish I were about 8 pounds lighter than I am (though I have no idea how much I weigh). Anyways we’ll see. Adios.