Friday, July 6, 2012

General Smallwood Goals...

So tomorrow I'm racing a little race, General Smallwood (Olympic distance) in Indian Head Maryland. The only problem is the weather is suppose to be 105 tomorrow or something stupid like that and the water temp was 87 as of yesterday. So basically I, along with the rest of the crazies will be racing in a sauna.
But on the up note, this could be perfect heat training for Louisville. Because lets face it, it will probably be this hot on race day and I believe this is how hot the water usually is.  So bring it on heat!
Ok, enough about the weather, we all know it sucks out there. Lets talk goals for this race.
My Main Goals: have fun, be smart, and survive the heat!
The Swim:
I actually can't remember what my swim time was from my last oly distance race? Hmm... Anyhow, I guess my goal here is not to panic when the horn goes off. I always seems to get my panties in a bunch at the swim start. So I just want to be relaxed the whole time and enjoy myself. This will be the coolest part of my day, maybe? I hope to be done in about 30 minutes
The Bike:
Once again, I'm not really worried about time here but would like to keep it around 18mph. I rode the course a couple weeks ago and it has some nice rolling hills and some shade. I will start taking in salt tabs and make sure I drink my entire aero bottle and maybe the bottle on cage for good measures. I really, really don't want to get dehydrated.
The Run:
We all know this is were the fun begins. I am not a big fan of the course as it's the same as the Waterman's course that I ran. It's an out and back on a road with hills and no shade. I have a feeling this will be a sufferfest and I will try my best to stay positive. If I run slow, I run slow. If I walk, I walk. Either way I just want to make it to the finish line with a smile on my face :) I will also be carrying my water bottle with me so I have access to water whenever I need it. 
Happy Friday All! Good Luck to everyone racing this weekend and be smart out there in this heat wave that is never ending. 


  1. I'm doing this as my first triathlon so I'm really worried about the weather. How hilly is the bike course for someone who normally rides on pretty flat roads?

    1. Don't be nervous. Just be smart about drinking enough water during the race. Here is a link to the bike course map.

  2. Be safe in that heat!!!!! Good luck!

  3. Woo hoo! You're going to be champ in the heat tomorrow! See you in the AM!

  4. Good luck, take care of yourself in the heat! 87 degrees is so warm for water temperature!