Are you doing Quassy this weekend? Either the Olympic or the full? I am racing the Olympic on Saturday, but I will be up spectating YOU on Sunday. Leave me a comment if you are racing either distance!
(I think most NYC-area triathletes are doing this race?)
This will be my first Olympic since 2009. Yikes! 3 years? REALLY!?!? The last one I did was the NYC Tri where I went a 2:31:51. This was 4 weeks after I PR-ed the distance by ~21 mins @ the Stamford Tri for a 2:31:57. My first ever Olympic was the Westchester Tri in 2008, where I went a 2:52:35 (swam a 36:53! Ha!).
I remember worrying about not coming in under 3 hours for that first Olympic. I also look back and remember how horrible of a runner and swimmer I was back then. Ok, so maybe my swimming has been off this season, but my run has never been faster!
This race is gonna HURT. Not just because of the hills, but mostly because an Olympic distance is a speed event. It's go fast, then go faster, then even faster! Three years ago I did two back to back Olympics in the 2:30-ish range. I am a LOT faster now. So for 2:30 or less of speedy efforts, this race is gonna hurt!
Because I haven't done this distance in such a long time, I have NO idea how I will do. I guess go faster than a 2:31:51? I have to remember how I "felt" during any stand alone 10K I have done. I recall breathing really hard and hating life and wanting to quit. I suppose this will be my effort level for the entire race. It will be over before I know it!!
The weather forecast calls for MUCH cooler temps than last weekend, so no excuses can be made there. Its my legs that will be doing all of the talking.
Good luck to my fellow Quassy racers!