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I’m racing tomorrow!

As you’re reading this, I’m preparing for my first ever half ironman. I race tomorrow, 10/21 in North Carolina. You should track me! You have to download the IronMan app and then look for the 70.3 Wilmington race. Race start is 7:10 AM but it’s rolling so I don’t know when my specific wave will go.

Don’t worry, I’ll send out a reminder in the morning!

Two weeks ago I was in my last hard block of training. I jumped in the pool and halfway through I could NOT. I stopped, had a snack, kept on. I had no energy. I spoke with my coach later and explained what happened, sort of thinking he’d be wowed by how hard I must have worked the last week to get to that point of exhaustion. Alas, he smirked and said, “yeah, this is hard stuff, you need to push through next time.”

Ugh! Nothing worse than an ego blow!

I plan to push through tomorrow for sure. Here’s a few of my mini-goals for the race. You can watch my results live and see if I hit them or not.

Swim – a 1.2 mile swim which works out to 2,000 yards. Ideally, I’d like to do this under 30 minutes. Realistically it will be more like 35. But know that if I’m under 30 I’ll get out of the water and celebrate the whole way to T1!

Bike – 56 mile bike that is very flat and fast. This should land around 3 hours for me. My reach goal is 2:45. Fun and sort of disgusting fact, I fuel with maple syrup while I ride, I eat roughly 1 ounce every 30 minutes. I will consume almost a full cup of syrup. Imagine sitting down and sipping a glass of syrup. Gross! One benefit: I associate it with training so I can’t stomach the thought of it on my daily food.

Run – 13.1 miles, a few rolling hills through downtown Wilmington. I really don’t know what to expect for this. I think a pace between 8:00-8:30 per mile is a realistic range. This totals to 1:45 – 1:50.

Total if I hit my fastest goal for each leg will be five hours. Looking at that number right now, it seems too fast. So let’s say sub 5:30, the closer to 5 the better.

Stay tuned!

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