Thursday, October 2, 2008

Well, guess I'll throw it out there....

Well, I suppose I should throw out some goals for the weekend shouldn't it...I may be grabbing a little too big here, but I'm just not good at predicting these bigger races. Shorter, it's easier, cause you can practice the events back to back and know. Some keys for me to reach big goals:
- Get at least SOME drafting in during the swim.
- Take advantage of downhills and flats and do well in nutrition on the bike
- Do not start too quickly on the run, keep good form, keep mind in check, don't get sloshy belly

The closer I am to 5hrs 30 mins, the happier I'll be, anything else is the cool whip and cherry on top of an ice cream sundae!

Best case scenario:
Swim: 35:24 (1:50/100m pace)
T1: 2:00 (I think it'll be a big Transition)
Bike: 2:52:18 (19.5 mph)
T2: 1:00 Run: 1:48:04 (8:15 pace)
Total Time: 5:18:47

Probably scenario:
Swim: 36:22 (1:53/100m pace)
T1: 2:00 (I think it'll be a big Transition)
Bike: 3:01:37 (18.5 mph)
T2: 1:00 Run: 1:51:21 (8:30 pace)
Total Time: 5:32:20

Poor Performance Scenario:
Swim: 38:37 (2:00/100m pace)
T1: 2:00 (I think it'll be a big Transition)
Bike: 3:06:40 (18 mph)
T2: 1:00
Run: 1:57:54 (9:00 pace)
Total Time: 5:46:11

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

APFT and Taper

Apparently Half-Ironman training is conducive to an EXCELLENT APFT (Army Physical Fitness Test). I'm sure it helps that it's taper week prior to the "A" race for the year. Yep, it all pieced together, and now my Soldiers know their new commander isn't just yapping about PT being important and that drastic improvement IS possible--I've shown it. So, what did today look like--some of it blew me away too:
2 mins of pushups: 72
2 mins of situps: 122 (<--insane, I don't even know how this happened...I haven't been doing them often AT ALL)
2 mile run: think, I used to think I could NEVER get to a max score in the 15' I'm thinking about how I hit the 12's for my next one...if we hadn't had 3 turn arounds on the run today (.5 mile and back route) I think I might've shaved those 8 seconds off...
Needless to say, I'm pretty pleased.

Command has had me BUSY which is good because I haven't been able to think/focus on the taper tantrums that have happened in the past before big races. Next few days are REALLY easy. NEARLY THERE!!! BRING IT ON!