Friday, April 3, 2009
First Race of 2009 in 30-34 AG
I am sitting at LAX waiting for my flight to New Orleans, as my first race of the year is on Sunday- the Inaugural New Orleans Half-Ironman. It does not have Kona qualifying slots, but it is a qualifier for Clearwater and a great chance to check my fitness and speed- super fast and flat course. Not to mention- it is in New Orleans. I have invited a client, Marisa Lopez, to join me at the race. It will be a great experience for her to watch it and see what really goes down in this type of distance. I am training her for the Big Bear Marathon in September.
The swim is in Lake Ponchatrain, which is going to be a balmy 67 degrees and maybe choppy. The race starts at 7am, so in and out of the water by 8 (once my wave starts) and on the bike for a very fast course- 27 feet of total climbing. I hope to finish the bike in a little over 2 hours, then get on the half-marathon, and complete it in under 1:40. I can run a 7:45 mile or so for the half-marathon, I will be good. It is very flat, so I think that I am tapered and light enough right now to get a good result that way. I am just really interested to see how running off that bike will feel on my legs and glutes, so I am promising myself to get up and stretch the legs out a bit. The roads are not very smooth either...interesting. All is fun, though, all is fun.
Good luck to all of my friends at Oceanside this weekend, which does have Kona slots. I hope that you all get what you wish for and work hard for this weekend! Let's race hard so that we can have some awesome race stories at the end.
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