Rocketts Landing Goals

20 07 2011

Wow. Chloe’s race report definitely was inspiring. She is absolutely incredible, and so is her dad. I don’t have a race report for you yet-but my “A” race is this coming weekend. It’s the Rocketts Landing Triathlon, which is also the Mid-Atlantic Team Championship, in Richmond, VA. Anyone else going??

I picked this as “A” race, because its a championship race, where hopefully, the DC Tri club will walk away the team champs. However, as I’ve been reading more and more blogs about triathlon training and training cycles, I realized that not having a training plan that builds to peak performance at a particular race makes it hard for me to really have an “A”  race. Even so, I hope to go out there and race hard, and see what I can do.

What’s my goal time you ask? Well, I looked back on the Olympic tris I’ve done in the past, and here’s the breakdown:

Philly Tri, 2008– My first tri ever. Time: 2:47.59

Philly Tri, 2010– Race turned to duathlon. Time: 2:43.51

Make a Wish Tri, 2010-Feet get numb on the run, end up walking some. Time: 2:39.20

Rock Hall Tri, 2011-Took a big detour on the bike, scratched my entry, no official time.

To be honest, I guess I’m just hoping to have a good race, and be somewhere in the mid 2:30s. I know that anything can happen. Some things are within my control and other things are not. That being said, here’s what I hope to accomplish this weekend.

1. Don’t get lost.

I don’t want a Rock Hall repeat, so I’ve been studying this map for a few days:

Doesn’t look terribly confusing, right? I’ve read some race reports from last year’s race on the DC Tri Club forum, and from what folks are saying, this is an awesome course. I’ve heard that Richmond Multisports puts on a great race, and I’m hoping for lots of volunteers. I believe the race has about 600 athletes entered, and I’m in the 4th wave, so I think it is likely there will be other racers on the course around me so I won’t miss any turns.

2. Don’t die on the run. The run has always been the most challenging part of the tri for me. It HURTS! I’d really like to maintain 8:30 (or faster!)/ mile on the run. My splits in the past have been:

Philly 2008: 56:34

Philly 2010: 51:54

Make a Wish 2010: 54:41

Surprisingly, my Philly 2010 time was my best, and that’s after already running a 5K, since that race was a duathlon! I guess I’m good on tired legs? I’ve really tried to do some interval workouts over the past few months to help improve speed, so we’ll see if they paid off. The run on this course seems a little interesting; I think I’ll have some stairs to climb and one decent hill. I haven’t been training hills, so I’m expecting this to be tough:-(

3. Have fun & Meet DC Tri People. It’s the club championships, and I think there are over 100 DC Tri Club peeps going! I’m driving down with my friend Steph, who’s also on the club, and is on the elite squad for DC Tri (yes, she’s a rock star). We’re hittin’ up the club’s prerace dinner, and staying at the team hotel. Plenty of opportunities to meet some awesome athletes and potential future training buddies!

So my friends, check back next week for a full race recap, and I’ll let you know how many of these goals I meet/exceed!

Happy Hump Day!

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19 responses

20 07 2011
Lauren

hooray! you are going to do great! Dont get lost 😉

20 07 2011
321delish

hahah thanks! Fingers crossed!

20 07 2011
Emily

good luck this weekend steph! you’ll crush it, i know.

20 07 2011
321delish

Thanks Emily!! Good luck to you too! I can’t wait to hear all about your race!!

20 07 2011
amy

Good luck and have fun! I love that you’ve been studying the course map for days – hopefully things are well marked and you won’t need that recall!

20 07 2011
321delish

hahah I’m hoping there will be someone with a BIG FLAG and a bright orange tee shirt telling me to turn!

20 07 2011
Shannon @ Mon Amour

Good luck! I can’t wait to hear how you do!

20 07 2011
321delish

Thanks Shannon!

20 07 2011
Erin @ untilyoutri

Good luck and have fun!!! I can’t wait for the race report:)

20 07 2011
321delish

Thanks Erin!

20 07 2011
Liz

Good luck! Hope the roads are clearly marked this time

20 07 2011
sarah

Good luck and don’t get lost!!!

21 07 2011
Kelsey

such an inspiration- you truly are! 🙂

21 07 2011
Allison

Good luck this weekend!

21 07 2011
321delish

Thanks Allison!

21 07 2011
bubblymel

Good Luck Steph!

22 07 2011
321delish

Thanks Mel!

22 07 2011
Suzanne @ continuing my education

Good luck!! Stay safe in the heat! Hopefully at least the water will be cool!

22 07 2011
321delish

I hope so! Thanks!

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