As soon as I got in the water today, I felt great. I simply didn't let myself panic and I kept on swimming. I stayed in the shallow water for the first ten minutes, but I knew that if I wanted to count today as a truly successful swim I had to make it out into the black water. So I girded my loins and out I went into The Deep. As the bottom got further and further below me, I kept waiting for that panicky feeling, but it never came. By the time I made it to the buoy line it was so dark I couldn't see my hands in the water, and yet I still felt fine. There was no mantra, no calming self-talk necessary, I just...swam. Who knew I had that in me???
Adding to my enjoyment of the day was the success of the new gear items that I was trying out. After last week's debacle, I knew I needed another outfit, so I shifted into shop-til-you-drop mode and discovered that I hate the makers of triathlon apparel. Seriously, for a sport where you are swimming in freezing-ass cold water, is it really too much to ask for some modesty padding? After trying on every single tri top and trisuit within a 100 mile radius, I finally settled on a top that covered the three Cs (so not talking about my chest size here, since that would be like an A minus) - Cost, Comfort and Cuteness, then sewed in my own bumper pads, swiped from an old swimsuit. Add a pair of tri shorts (which were super easy to find and fit, thank goodness) and a pair of dark-tinted goggles and my outfit was complete. I'm happy to report that all of these items performed admirably.
*whew* So, with that huge burden off my shoulders, I am now free to obsess about tomorrow's race. Yep, I'm racing tomorrow also, sort of a throwaway 10K that I have completely ignored training for in favor of preparing for the tri. But being the totally competitive girl that I am, there's really no such thing as a "fun run" in my world and of course I'm aiming for a PR.
My "that didn't suck" goal is a PR - even one second faster would be satisfying. My "yay me!" goal is anything under 50 minutes (PR is 50:07). My "hell to the yeah" goal is a sub-8 pace (PR is a pace of 8:05) and my "drinks on me!" goal is a pace in the 7:40 - 7:50 range, definitely a stretch but not outside the realm of possibility. Let the number crunching begin!
On the plus side:
- I am in good shape from all the cross-training, even though my recent run mileage is really low
- My PR is from this race last year and even my regular "easy run" pace is faster than it was last year
- The course is as flat as they come
- I am at a racing weight right now
- I haven't raced since March and am dying to run fast
- I've really only done speedwork once since my last race in March
- My recent run mileage is really low, like 15 miles a week low - ouch!
- It's gonna be a hot one tomorrow and I don't run well in the heat
- Did I mention that I haven't trained for this at all?!?
Happy 4th of July and Happy Racing!! I'm looking forward to reading all the race reports!