I'm scheduled to race the Runner's Edge Tobay Triathlon this Sunday. I've raced this event before and it has the "honor" of being the first triathlon I ever started and finished. It is a sprint triathlon with a 1k (or so) swim, a 15k hilly bike ride and a 5k run. Last year my daughter joined a relay team with two of her friends and they came in third place in the female relay division. This year she is racing the whole enchilada herself. Against me.
I got her a wetsuit and took her swimming in it a few times. She "stole" her mother's bike (Specialized Ruby) and BikeMike adjusted the fit for her. She spent last week at running camp and ran every day. She is 15 years old and probably like all teenagers know everything about everything. Of course on Thursday she twisted her ankle while running.
Even so, she should take a ton of time out of me on the run since she runs well and I can't run basically at all. This is her first open water swim so I should take some time out of her there but since it is only 1000 meters, how much time can I take out of her? It all comes down to the bike. She climbs much better than I do but I descend much better than she does. My wave is supposed to go off 15 minutes after hers and if I can catch her before the run I have a shot.
Am I a mean daddy since I told her she can't borrow my Zipp wheels?
All this might be moot as Hurricane Irene is bearing down on us for Sunday morning. I expect this race to be cancelled or significantly modified so am riding long on Saturday in the (hopefully) calm before the storm instead of any sort of taper. There are states of emergency already declared. What does this all mean? I don't know.
We won't race if it isn't safe but if it is? Game on girl.