Race Day is the Best Day!

Tomorrow morning, after a 3-month dry spell, I will finally be lining up at a start line again! Figuratively speaking, that is. There isn't really a start line for a triathlon per se...sometimes you stand at the edge of the water, sometimes you tread water while you wait (but either way you pee your wetsuit one last time before you start). I'm not even sure which type of start applies to the race I'm doing tomorrow. I guess I'll let you know next week!

So like I said, this is the first race, of any kind, that I've done in 3 months. I haven't had that much time in between races since 2012. It was unusual for my race schedule to be so light this summer but moving in July kind of put the kibosh on a couple races I would have normally done. I'm oddly nervous about this one tomorrow! It's a sprint triathlon, a distance I haven't done in a year, but that shouldn't matter because it's only half the distance of the last tri I did in June. I have no time goals or anything, so that's not a reason to be nervous. I think it's because it's my first one in a new place and I have no idea what to expect! 

Even though I don't have any time goals, I do have a game plan:

Swim: Wing it. I haven't been swam more than maybe 10 times this summer, but when I have it's been like 1200-1600m. This a short swim (500m), so I think I'll make it. I haven't swam in open water since June, but it's in a lake so I don't think it will be too bad.

Bike: Do my best. I am not a strong cyclist to begin with, but I can do decently well on flat roads. Since there are no flat roads here to speak of, my bike speed has suffered big time. The elevation profile does not look like my idea of a good time. If you don't know how to read one of these things...every time the blue line goes up, I go up :(. At least the torture will end after only 12.5 miles. 

Run: Kill it. This is probably not the best plan. I have a 17-miler to run Sunday morning so I should probably take it easy, but mama needs a new 5k PR. It will depend on how dead my legs feel after the bike. Also I have no idea what the course is like but I think it may include some trails so that will be another big factor. I doubt I'll do well enough to beat my current unofficial PR, but it would be nice to have a new official one (which is from a duathlon I did in April - even though I don't really feel like du/tri runs should count as PR's?).

I also plan to not have any photos that are this terrible:

I...don't even know.

Before I go, a PSA of sorts:

Next Sunday, the 21st, is the September edition of the Runner's Tell All link-up, hosted by Amanda @ The Lady Okie and Beka @ Sunshine to the Square Inch and (this month) co-hosted by yours truly! (Since it's a weekend you can totally post on Monday but the party officially starts on Sunday). I know some of you have linked up before (high five!), and I also know that I have had conversations with many of you about how awesome of a linkup this is and how you need to do it too. If you haven't linked up before, this month is a time to start because the topic is "Race Bucket List." I don't know about you guys, but if I were going to give myself a gold medal for one thing running related, it would be my ability to talk about all the races I want to do (and that would be the only running related gold medal I'd get). The great part about this topic in particular is that everyone, whether you've never run a race, or you run one every weekend, or you're in a slump with training right now, can participate. There's no requirement that you actually sign up for and/or run these races, so feel free to dream all the running dreams you want. 
And if that weren't motivation enough, if you stop by you might even win some. It's gonna be a good time, y'all. 


  1. race bucket list?! yes please! count me in :)
    good luck on your tri girly! im sure you will kill it!

  2. I can't wait for the link up! So fun!

    You're going to do GREAT at your tri, I just know it!

  3. Good luck! You'll do great and going with no time goal is so the best thing. I try to do it but every once in a while I have a secret time in the back of my head that's hard to ignore :) You'll do amazing and 500m swim, you've got that. Also, you're running 17 miles the day after your race?? Can you be my new hero?

  4. Good luck!! I love your strategy, haha! And I think you can totally count PRs from tris! Hell, I count training run times as PRs (though I do make a note to call them "unofficial" but that's because I'm Type A and crazy) because a PR is a PR and also because I don't want to enter a ton of 5ks/10ks/5-mile races while I'm training for my first half, though maybe I will for the next one?).

    ANYWAY, thanks for the reminder about this link-up! We've talked about how I keep forgetting to do it, but I definitely want to write a Race Bucket List post (in fact I've already got it in drafts) and and of course will link up with anything you're a part of. Yay! Can't wait to hear about your tri!

  5. Good luck, lady! I'm sure you'll do awesome and can't wait to hear all about it!

  6. Oh wow I love that you are doing a sprint triathlon! this post will help me prepare for mine next year because I have no idea what I am doing...

  7. Good luck!!! I'm sure you will do great and kill the run! :) Are you doing it at home or in Blacksburg??

  8. Wooo! Good luck on your race! Excited to hear about it. And woo linkup!

  9. I hope as I read down my list I hear all good things about this race (sorry a little late to the commenting game)