Tomorrow I will be at the starting line of SheROX San Diego, reliving the glory of my first triathlon. My nervous anticipation takes me by surprise! I know what to expect, and I loved the race last year. The sprint distance seems like a piece of cake after the Olympic distance at HITS Palm Springs 2011 and Nautica Malibu 2012. Besides, all along I thought the pressure was off — my goal race this time around is the Santa Barbara International Marathon on November 4. This sprint tri is for fun! Except, it turns out that I am a competitive little thing. I want to beat my time from last year. That right there is my goal — improve on my time from last year of 1:23:57. And don’t get injured (my universal race goal).
After my disappointing swim at Nautica Malibu, I’m hoping I can redeem myself on the swim portion of this race. It’s got the in-water start that I like to help calm my race nerves. The bike portion of this course is flat and fast — I’m not sure I can go faster than last year’s 19.67 mph, but wouldn’t it be nice to break 20? I know I can improve on the run (26:38). I’m nursing a groin injury but I do not plan on letting that hold me back. The one thing that might hold me back is the fact that I did not taper for this “B” race — in fact I ran that 20 miles on Thursday as part of my marathon training.
Wish me luck! Are you racing this weekend, SheROX or elsewhere?