Next Sunday is the big day! Ironman Augusta. Yes, it has become my "B" race but still plenty of excitment and nerves surround it. I definitely have an odd feeling of calm going into this week. I am hoping that is an indication of solid training. Talk to me on Octber 28th the night before Bech 2 Battleship ... am guessing I might not have the same sense of calm. In CR's way of trying to inspire me, he said "no person in their right mind would sign up for that kind of torture but you did - and you are woman enough to get it done". LOL Thanks, I think ...
As for Augusta, if you want to track my progress next Sunday, you can do so HERE. I am number 2568.
I don't really have any huge time goals for this race, primarily, just want to finish strong so that it gives me confidence for Beach 2 Battleship. This is my first experience at this distance and there are so many unknowns. I am not even sure how to estimate a finish time.
Swim: 35 minutes
The current is supposed to be insane so I may end up pleasantly suprised with this number.
Bike: 3 hours, 30 minutes
I have ridden the course twice but both times it was with a lot of stops so don't have a good handle on the time. Hopefully, it will hover somewhere around 3:30.
Run: 2 hours, 30 minutes
A conservative estimate. I am planning to do a run/walk like I will at Beach 2 Battleship so that will add some time. Excitement of the day or dead legs could bring this number up or down.
Transitions: Zero idea. The last race, I was super fast with transitions but I probably will take a little more time in this race just to avoid forgetting something important.
If I had to guess, I would say probably somewhere in the 6:30 to 7:00 range (hopefully closer to 6:30ish if things are going well). Again, just want to finish and not feel like I am going to die crossing the finish line. Too much to ask? :)