Pre-Tiger Tri Report
Well, here it is the night before the night before my 2nd Olympic Tiger Tri in Colville, Wa.
I did this two years ago and felt like I was about to die! Not that I wasn’t prepared, I was. But, I did something that I had never done before and that was take a Hammer Gel WITH Caffeine! THAT was a BIG mistake! As a result my heart rate sky rocketed and I couldn’t get my breath, at ALL! I took 6 or 7 strokes in the swim and had to stop to try and figure out what was going on. A little later I had to call a boat over as I was freaking out! I told them, “I don’t know what’s going on, I can’t get my breath!”. And they were like, “Well, just relax, get your breath and train more next year!”. Well, at least it felt like that’s what they said. But really I did train! I was doing early morning swims at Lake Coeur d’Alene, ID., two to three times a week with a buddy from work. We would start down stream and swim into the current and into the lake then turn around and go back. I mean I was ready! But I really believe the gel did me in. So guess what? I’m NOT going to take ANYTHING before the swim!
Time? Hmmm, planning on….having a good time. In other words, not going to worry about it. Going to enjoy this and just let things happen as they happen.
I did get a shorter neck on my bike. I have a 58cm bike and as I was riding a couple of days ago I realized I just needed to get closer to my handle bars so today I went in and switched the neck for a shorter one…probably around 2 inches shorter. So far, at least on the ride home, it felt better. Once I get the aero bars I’ll know more.
Well, that’s it for now. Once I’m done I’ll put up my report.
PS: Two years ago: 33 Min Swim, 1:45:47 Bike, 1:13:25 run UGH! (Temp: 100+, Total 3:40:01)
Projected Time: 25 Min Swim, 1:33:20 Bike, 0:52:24 run ( Temp: 85, Total: 2:50:44)
Completed Time: 21 Min Swim, 1:24:09 Bike, 0:54:38 run (Temp: 83, Total: 2:43:54)
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