It's funny, I am totally relaxed and NOT freaking out over this 70.3 on Sunday. I am not exactly in the best swimming shape of my life right now, and with that monster blister sore on my foot, its gonna be an interesting race :)
I am taking the "no pressure" approach with this race. The Mont Tremblant races are my A races this season, and this race this weekend is just a season opener. Time to break off the tri rust!
My goal is to survive the swim, enjoy the bike, and hope to God I don't have any blister issues on the run.
My finish time goals? I really don't care. I just want to finish knowing I had a solid race and chalk it up as a benchmark test to see where my fitness is so far this season. There is no reason to kill myself completely at this race. I still have 4 months of racing left!!!
As for my blister, it has been healing well. On Tuesday after that botched run and when the dead skin came off, revealing raw hamburger, I took some Ibuprofen to knock down the inflammation, and used a combination of neosporin and "heavy duty water proof bandages" from CVS to protect it. It has healed enough that pressing down hard on the new skin doesn't hurt.
And with new shoes (Wave Rider 15's) that offer WAY more support in my blister prone area, I am going to in T2 take a bit more time and dry the skin as best as I can and apply one of these super bandages to it. What other choice do I have? Otherwise, I will have duct tape as a backup.
I just hope when I finish, I go, "That was it?" (Ironman DOES warp you...)
Good luck to everyone else racing this weekend!!!