We THOUGHT we were prepared….
We THOUGHT we were all trained up…..
We THOUGHT we were BA…..
BOY were we wrong : )
In an effort to look at difficult experiences as learning opportunities, below is a list of where we may need a bit of improvement for the next time (the next time being full IM distance):
#1 – Practice long rides without practicing hydration and the type of nutrition you’re going to be taking in during the race;
#2 – Neglect adequate hydration and fuel the day before race day; my body would have been much more prepared I would have had more energy stores to draw from had I done so;
#3 – Ride your bike from the hotel to transition site; um, YEAH… we thought we’d be fine, and full -o -energy after this half? We were sore mistaken….
#4 – Forget to where a watch so you at least know how much time you’ve got into it, and can then estimate how much longer you’re going to be out there, and plan accordingly;
#5 – Forget socks!! The time it takes to put them on is totally worth it – the blisters on my toes were one factor in my decision to end before I’d finished;
#6 – Kill it on the bike, then have nothing left for the run; (easier said than done in Clermont, where the hills necessitate added exertion)
#7 – Pay attention to how far along everyone else may or may not be… i don’t usually do this, but since I didn’t have a watch on I had no idea how long i had been going, and couldn’t judge how much longer it may take me; it didn’t help that the run was out and back, then out and back again. Mentally a bad thing for me… there is an out, so I took it.. if it had been huge circle, then there would have been no turning back and I would have sucked it up.
#8 – Neglect the weights. My upper body used to be much stronger before I started concentrating on the run/swim/bike thing so much. At least 3 days of weights is making its way back into my summer training plan.
#9 – Practice the bike to run transition. My chest felt compressed and I had such difficulty breathing that I couldn’t run for more than a few hundred feet at a time.
#10 – Try to avoid racing when you’re sick. (okay this was unavoidable, really – I wasn’t going to NOT race after all that training!) I spent the past week with an upper respiratory infection and am still not feeling great. EWww.