This last week of training, Coty's had some very specific workouts for me, focusing on speed and race pace.
Yesterday was a cycling workout. 2 miles repeated 4 times, with a couple of minutes of rest in between. It's the fastest I've ever pedaled. I hope I can do it in the race.
Today was a pool workout. Coty joined me at the aquatics center so he could time me over the race distance. I was shooting for a 5 or sub-5 time. And ... I got it! Swimming hard all the way to come in at 4:57. That puts me into the 8 starting group and will hopefully mean that I will finish and get to hug my sweetheart/coach before he jets off to Indonesia!
Tomorrow is a running workout. On Sunday, we had friends over. Coty and I were talking training.
Coty said, "When you run next time, there is something specific I want you to do."
I asked, "What specific thing do you want me to do?"
Albert quipped, "Run faster."Thanks, Albert. Got it. I'll try my best. That ended the conversation and I never did find out exactly what the running workout will be. I'll tell you when it's over.
I am feeling good about each discipline of the triathlon right now. I have a good swim time, a pretty good cycling time, and a not-bad-for-a-54-year-old-Gramma running time. What is worrying me a little bit is how I am going to put three good times together in a row. Maybe the adrenaline and excitement that morning will help. I really don't know. I've never, ever done anything like this before and the whole race mentality is a little bit of a mystery to me. I am not naturally a very competitive person. So, we'll see. I vacillate between being excited and being scared. Is this how people normally feel before a race?