StA is flat and racers are rewarded from spending time on the bike aero. Before I shipped my bike the other day I went for a ride with the expectation of staying aero for a while. I realized this was the first time that I tried to ride in that position on my race bike since I broke my wrist last summer. Luckily (or unluckily based on your perspective) I found out that my left wrist no longer was able to be in the position with my aerobars comfortably. Off to the bike store I went and we found some new bars that seem to work. We'll find out for real Sunday.
A month ago I would have predicted that I would have expectations/mindset of setting PRs and the like. I would be getting all nervous since my weight isn't where I want it to be. I would be freaking out on minutia that I couldn't control (like the temperature of the air and water). This would be not a happy place. So, why am I even doing this race?
I'll be swimming in open water on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (during the race). Mrs. Rock Star is joining me for the weekend (the kids are staying with Grandma and Grandpa) and we might take in a Rays game on Friday night. I'm doing this race with Team in Training (my 17th event with the team) so we have all of those festivities throughout the weekend too.
But somehow, my mindset is "I get to race, I don't have to race." I'm going to do what I can do and learn from it. If they let me wear a wetsuit with the non competitive folks, I will take the trade of starting in the last wave for a wetsuit. If it is too warm for that option, I'll slog through the swim. I'm going to bike like there is no run afterwards. With the run, DrLarry - who has ARTed up a storm on my leg - recommended to start slow (potentially even walking out transition) then see what is there. It is a different race mindset for me but I think the right one given where I am physically.
Of course it is possible that a cold front will come in, drop the water temperature 5 or 6 degrees, the air temperature about 10, miraculously cure my calf and my ankle. If that happens, great. If not, still great.