So as the Nations tri approaches this weekend I have a few goals in mind.
1. Don't PANIC during the swim! For me this is always a little easier said than done. However, with the time trail start (I think 15 athletes, every 8 seconds) should spread us out nicely so I will not have someone swimming over top of me. Ok, someone will probably swim on me because I am slow. If I feel like I'm starting to panic or my sighting just down right sucks, I'm going to switch to the breast stroke to get my barings back. I will only stay in this stroke for a small amount of time then switch back to free. Overall, I think my goal is to survive the swim, which I think is my goal at every tri. Hopefully one of these days I will actually feel confident going into the water. This weekend just happens not to be that day.
2. Get my nutrition down on the bike. I am really bad at remembering to eat/drink while in a race! I want to try to get at least one water bottle down and maybe some shot blocks. It is also hard for me not to hammer it on the bike, so I want to make sure that I don't go all out so that I have some steam left for the run.
3. Enjoy myself on the run and not act like it's a death march. This is not torture, this is something that I willingly and gladly registered for.
4. Keep my eye out for the photographer and smile really big when I see him! Just because looking good in your race photos is half of the race :)
5. Really make sure I smile and wave when I see my family!!! My parents are coming from Ohio to cheer me on! I am so excited that they are coming and am so lucky to have such supportive parents. This will be their first tri they are watching so they will be in for a treat. Jason will also be in my cheering section running around like a chicken testing out his new lens on race pictures.
6. And the hardest for me: Whatever my time is when I cross the finish line I do not want to be disappointed with it. I want to be happy and proud of myself. At most races (ok all races) I always wish I did something differently or that I ran just a little faster. Then I proceed to wine about it for hours after the race. I just want to cross that finish line with a smile from ear to ear and not regret anything!
If you are also racing, good luck! If not, you should come down to cheer everyone on :)