Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Tri Season Coming to an End

T minus 11 days until Nations. I am getting pretty excited!

We got our bib numbers last week: I am lucky number...

I will be going to one last open water swim practice at Gunston Cove this Sunday. They will have a 500 meter course set up and you can swim it as many times as you want. I plan on doing three loops so I can get the full 1500 meters in and feel confident for the following weekend. Also, I am not sure what the water temp in the Potomac is suppose to be next week, but I haven't swam in my wet suit yet. So, I figured this would be a great opportunity to swim in my suit should I want to use it during the tri. I'm still undecided about the whole wet suit thing though come race day. I have done all of my open water swims without one, so yeah I'm just not sure what to do?

After I cross the finish line at Nations my first season of triathlons will come to an end :(  But, I must say that I have had so much fun this year! I loved trying to juggle all three sports as apposed to just training for a running race. Don't get my wrong, training for a running race takes just as much of a time commitment, but I never had to train twice a day while running. There is something about never having enough time in a day to do anything, but yet somehow finding the time to run in the morning and bike in the evening that just intrigues me. I think I love the challenge of the training and reward of crossing the finish line after all the hard work. It's just the best feeling in the world.

I will be a little lost after 9/11 with all my new found free time. Ok, I don't know how much free time I will actually have because I still have 4 more planned races (3 half marathons and a 15k) before the end of the year, but it will feel like free time since I will be using cycling and swimming as cross fit days.

I am trying to look ahead to next year and plan out my race schedule, but I have to hold off until I get my Gymnastics Meet schedule. Every meet always seems to fall on a day I want to race. So far the only thing I have on the books will be my first HIM, mooseman :)

Ok I think I have done enough rambling for today.

Happy Tues and I hope everyone is enjoying the cooler temps in the morning (perfect running weather, right?)


  1. I hear you on the coaching challenge - I can't do any races before May because of my coaching schedule, meets, etc. But you showed that you can make it work with careful scheduling.

    On the wetsuit, if you aren't terribly sensitive to cold water, I'd skip it - they can be constricting and make it hard to breathe, BUT if you can practice swimming in it - even indoors - give it a try if you'd like.

  2. I have no idea what to recommend about the wetsuit, but it sounds like testing it out this weekend would be a good idea! That way you can make a more informed decision about whether or not to wear it on race day.

  3. Great post! I would definitely test out the wetsuit this weekend just to make sure you're comfortable swimming in it should you need it on race day. Nation's is usually wetsuit legal, but I don't remember what the water temps have been. I'll see on you race - I'm in wave 26!