Didn't want to have to deal with this today... but, I am being forced to make important career decisions; just what you want going into a race. While there are taper checklist items to be checked - I have to choose a direction. NOW. One decision I could make is to not make a decision at all. Then I'd be like many executives in Chicago and would be allowing the market decide what I'd have to do. That's not me.
So... in summary - I'm grateful for the chance to be here; on the cusp of major career path decisions and racing. On to race "stuff"... (it's a triathlon blog after all).
My swimming is the strongest it has been since 2004. (That right there is a statement.) It is not what I would call "good", but for a M40-44 triathlete it is good. Cycling is what it is - all base. Power is there - we'll see how long I can sustain it. I am finally fit enough to turn the 56x11 for an extended effort without blowing up. Running - better. I'm "trail ready". I've run on nothing but "trail" and grass since March. While I'm not sure how fast I can be - my goal isn't to be "fast". It's much more simple. The goal is to "just run"- big thanks to my running coach Janet for keeping it simple. This is the plan for the entire race - take "just" and tack on "(swim/bike/run)". Don't over think it.
I don't give a shit if I'm dead last. All the other people will be in my race against my last three years of being a pile of goo. If I make my goal versus the clock - this race will be a success. That goal should be achievable.
I'm grateful for the chance to do this race for the seventh year.