One of the reasons why I started this blog is to document my mindset prior to races so that I don't second guess myself on what I consider should constitute a "good" vs. "bad" performance. If I perform as I've defined as my hope (even though many others might consider that a horrific performance on the scale of a Milli Vanilli concert), I shouldn't consider it bad if I hit that mark. I fully expect in every race that there will be areas for improvement but stating my goals beforehand helps keep me leveled.
The Montauk Lighthouse Sprint Triathlon is this Sunday and it sort of snuck up on me. It hasn't been a focus or "A" race and while I have been training, it is hard for me to predict how I will do. Firstly, I've never done it before so I don't know the course, terrain, route or logistics (this is my first point-to-point tri too). Secondly, it has been a long time since I've done a so-called sprint triathlon. And finally, who knows how accurate some of these distances for each leg of the tri will be - Jose is the race director and, as a swimmer, has been know to strech the swim distance a bit at times. So I'm guessing the swim will be at least a 1/2 mile, the bike will probably be pretty close to the advertised 14m, and the 5k run should be a 5k run.
I haven't talked to BikeMike in detail about this race and he may reset my mindset but philosophically, besides not getting hurt and having fun, my approach for this race is:
- Swim like there is no bike.
- Bike like there is no run.
- Run like I stole something.
Translated, this means I hope that this might be an opportunity to "not suck" on the bike and I want to run the whole run (stopping for a quick water doesn't count). The best gauge of success will be if I want to do this race again next year.
Stay tuned. Rock on.