This is a taper week for me leading up to Saturday's LoneStar Olympic Triathlon. The plan is for Annie and I to leave on Friday and head on down to Galveston and check into our hotel. It is only about a 70 mile drive but we have to go through Houston traffic so it will probably take about 2 hours. This is an officially sponsored Ironman event (70.3 on Sunday) so it appears there is going to be a ton of cool things to see. I will race on Saturday and then we will stay an extra day and cheer on the triathletes doing the HIM on Sunday. Should be a fun weekend and we'll take a bunch of pictures and I will put up a long race report on Sunday night!
Here are the MAPS for the Olympic distance race.
This will be my first time doing a distance longer than a Sprint and I am feeling pretty good about my training and my overall conditioning for the Olympic Distance. Being that this is my first time doing this distance I want my goals to be both modest and conservative. My goals for the race are as followed:
Swim: 1500M - 30 to 34 minutes: This is an ocean swim in the Gulf and it is wetsuit legal. I am not sure what to expect in terms of waves and overall chop for the ocean so I am hopeful it will be calm but prepared for it to be rough. If I can average around 2:00 to 2:20/100M I will be happy.
Bike: 24.8 Mi - 1:18 to 1:22 minutes: This bike route runs right along the Galveston Seawall and according to the weather forecast we should be expecting some 20+ mph cross winds. This is pretty much the norm along the seawall in Galvestion. And my age group wave doesn't take off until 8:34 am so by the time I am on the bike the wind will be kicking up. With the cross winds I will be happy to average 18-19 MPH.
Run: 6.21 Mi - 46 to 48 minutes: A 10k on a nice flat route. If I can keep myself from blowing up on the bike I could make up significant time on the run. This is about a 7:30-7:50 pace. I can do this pace and possibly better if the wind doesn't drain me.
Transitions: 6 minutes. Looks like T1 is quite a distance from the swim exit so a 3+ minutes T1 time is probably going to happen.
Total Time Guess: 2:40 to 2:50 Overall.
Wish me luck and I'll be back on Sunday with my Race Report.
Thanks for Reading,