At the beginning of the year I set a goal to go sub six hours at the Door County 70.3 this weekend. Well, in the last month, I've realized that goal isn't the right one for me right now. With my knee injuries in April, I haven't done any interval training. It's all been at a slow steady pace. That fact coupled with my knees feeling just like they did before my injury, twingy, slightly swollen and sometimes hot to the touch, I decided to remove that goal from the list. I've also had some rough times after my long workouts (in which I have lost a lot of weight training in this heat wave) where I'm dizzy, and feel like I'm going to barf, similar to what I felt like after NOLA 70.3. They posted a heat advisory for the race too. "It's probably not a day to set a PR, folks," says race director Sean Ryan. That said, I've been running in 95+ degree weather, so mid 80's shouldn't feel too bad for me though I have shortened my runs due to the heat.
1. Don't permanently damage my knees.
2. Take in enough nutrition and fluid to stay out of the med tent and hopefully feel good after the race.
I've had some serious thoughts this week about DNS and DNF. Not a good mental place to be race week :-(.
My pool shoes came in! Should help avoid my athlete's foot moving forward :-).
For nutrition I plan to go with Maltodextrin, salt capsules, and lemonade flavored Crystal Light. I tried using powdered Gatorade for the flavoring and while I liked the taste better, it gave me acid reflux like symptoms on a long ride.
I washed my bike for the first time in like a year. The bike shop guys gave me crap about it the last couple times I brought it in.
Anyway, I'm in full stress out mode yet I haven't started gathering gear and packing for leaving in 36 hours.