Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Counting Down to Augusta 70.3...

Alternately titled, "Ready or not here I come...".  It is hard to believe it has been a year since I raced at Augusta.  It is interesting how my outlook has changed since last year at this time.  I don't know if it is better or worse to know what to expect.  I can't shake that feeling that my training is not where it needs to be but every time I look back to old training logs to compare, I am right on track.  I suppose I am at that point where a coach would tell you to trust your training.

This year Augusta is going to be different.  Since it is three weeks out from my full iron race, I am not racing it but rather treating it more as a training day.  We'll see how that goes.  Just try and hold back this 'middle of the pack' speed - ha ha.  

I think my main worry this year going into Augusta is nutrition.  I failed at hydration last year and paid the price post race.  I *think* I have it figured out based on a trial ride/run I did in Panama City but it still worries me. I know having an aero bottle has helped with my hydration a lot.  Before I would wait until I wasn't passing or in traffic to try and grab a drink from my cage bottle, now I don't have to worry about those issues and it has made a tremendous difference.

The weather this year looks like it will be a good bit cooler which is a gift from God.  In the past, Augusta has been ridiculously hot and/or raining neither of which are much fun.  Let's hope that 10 day forecast holds up!

My race number is 1695.  It was pointed out that the numbers add up to 21.  Sounds like I was dealt a pretty good hand!  With all that said, I am excited about Sunday, ready to see all my friends and get this party started!  I guess I should start putting together a packing list...   :)


8 comments:

B.o.B. said...

Wooo hooooo! I can't wait to see you Karen! You are going to do great. :)

RockStarTri said...


"Trust your training" You've got this :)

Stefanie Frank said...

Good luck Karen! Hope the race goes just as you want/need it to. Excited for you!

Char said...

Good luck. I hope the weather gods are kind to you.

Andrea Halnon said...

Have fun and good luck! Can't wait to read about it.

Suz and Allan said...

You're going to do great!

Mike said...

Try to hold back this MOP speed - love it :-).

Good luck and have fun! I'll load you in my Irontrac app and follow along while doing nothing close to epic. Looking forward to the race report and how your nutrition and hydration works out.

lindsay said...

good luck karen!