I’m in bed. I’ve got my gear all checked and all that’s left to do is to do the race.
I usually have all kinds of predictions and goals and targets and write a very detailed post before the race. Sometimes I don’t even publish it until after but I have always written it. This time is different. The reason is just that it took me a while to figure out my goal for this race.
So here is my goal for Ironman Santa Rosa
I want to enjoy the day. I plan to go into this race with a goal to be thankful for every swim stroke, pedal stroke and step of this 140.6 miles.
I’ve gone this distance 5 times before and I’m committed to going the distance tomorrow.
I don’t have a time goal for the swim. It’s most likely going to be too warm for the wetsuits so my time could be 130:1:40. That’s great. I want to start and finish with a smile.
T1 starts with a 1/4 mile walk up a steep boat ramp. So, it’s going to take a while. Also with the cool temperatures I will perhaps attempt something I’ve never done which is to put on a dry top. It’s going to take some extra time.
I don’t have a time goal for the bike. A year ago in Boulder my bike leg didn’t end well. By the time I finished the bike I was a dehydrated – overheated mess. For a year I have been blaming that on the altitude and dry air. Well now we’ll see if that’s true or if I’m just a weanie. My goal is to bike within my comfort zone and be extremely cautious with my hydration and nutrition. Normally my goal is to stop as few times as possible. Tomorrow I plan to stop once an hour at a water stop and assess my hydration/nutrition. Is this a good plan? Well I’m going to find out tomorrow. More than that I hope to be patient on the bike, consistent, enjoy the spectacular scenery and enjoy the ride. I love century rides, I love biking on beautiful hilly terrain. I am so lucky to be able to start this race and play all day and that’s my hope.
T2 Should be straight forward and normal. I do not have amazing Ironman transition times but there’s nothing out of the ordinary that should slow me down here.
I do have hopes and dreams for the Ironman Marathon. I hope, hope, hope, hope that with my cautious goals and execution of the swim and the bike that I will be able to jog this marathon. My struggles here are significant. But this is my goal. I’m no speedster so this means a 5 hour marathon. Fingers crossed. I intend to jog and smile and jog and smile and not eat anything crazy and jog and smile and be thankful to be running in such a fantastic place.
Thank you for reading and following my journey to get ready for Ironman Santa Rosa. Thank you to all of my friends who have come out to bike with me insane distances in ridiculous weather. Thank you to my family who makes this possible. Thank you to everyone who supports my dreams.
See you at the finish line. -Amy