Enough of this long distance Ironman stuff....for two days anyway! Let's get some speed in here and see if we can wake up the fast-twitch muscles that must be lurking somewhere. This Saturday I am racing at the Diamond in the Rough International Distance triathlon, which comprises a 1 mile swim, 27 mile bike and a 5 mile run. Then on Sunday seeing that the race is a five minute ride from the house, I am racing the Dawg Days Crit. So has anyone got any speed that I can borrow?
The triathlon will be interesting as I am ditching the wetsuit and using my Xterra speedsuit for the first time in preparation for IM Louisville. At Louisville the water is always too warm for a wetsuit and so they are not allowed. Speedsuits are kind of like what the pool swimmers wear and provide a smoother, faster surface than a hairy chest or a tri-top :-) I'm pretty sure the water will be close to 78 degrees tomorrow so wetsuits may not be legal....race directors are always a bit sketchy on this as most people want to wear the wetsuit and so you might find the temp. is measured at 77.9999999 degrees! I did this race as my 2nd ever tri back in 2005 and so it will be good to see how I have progressed since then.....
Dawg Days on Sunday will just be a good workout. I have no expectations and plan on doing a 3-4 hour warmup earlier in the day on the TT bike. I don't have any crit race fitness to speak of at the moment and I will just try and help teammates as much as possible....we have our ace in the pack! It will also be a chance to get out on the road bike as I think it has been feeling a bit neglected of late :-)
After the weekend it is back onto the last 5 week block before the taper for IMKY....lets hope we get some hot and humid weather for race preparation.