Tomorrow morning at 4am, I will gather my heaps of tri-gear, load the family into the Rav4, and head out on a two hour drive to the first race of the year: The Rock Hall International Triathlon. For most people this sounds horrible (and the 4am part ain't great) but for those of us who enjoy the sport of triathlon, this is fairly routine during race season. For those that don't get it, maybe this will help explain.
I am happy that my wife enjoys coming to my races (and it turns out my two year old is excited to watch daddy race as well) because this makes the whole process much easier. I also get to share my successes (I don't think there is such a thing as a failure when it comes to racing, just learning experiences) with my family which makes them all the better.
Each season that I have been racing, I hope to start off the new year with times or results that are close to those I posted at the end of the previous year. I've been able to do this for the last three years, but I have also started to see a plateau in my times. For this race, I am planning on testing out whether the long miles i have been logging on rides with The Bike Rack will pay off.
I have always struggled with running and I am hoping that the efficiency and power gained on my bike will translate to better run splits by starting the run with more gas left in the tank. I also will try to negative split the run better by paying close attention to my pace starting out. By dialing it back out of T2, I think I will be able to have a better second half split. We shall see.
I will post a post race report to let everyone know how it went.