This weekend has been centered around continued training for the upcoming Ironman 70.3 in about a month. There are about 3 good weeks of training left until it's time to shut it down a bit before the big race. As expected, training has been a bit of a challenge with work and family commitments coming first. Still, I've been getting in at least one long run/ ride each weekend including a 20 mile run and a 40 mile ride the last couple of days. I also managed to get back into the pool last week after a two week hiatus (unplanned).
|20 mile run to and from the local U-Haul.|
1) Altitude: The race is much lower and altitude than Pueblo which should translate into a bit more oxygen in the air. More oxygen should help with overall performance.
|View of the Austin Bike Course|
|It's not K2!|
4) Base training and previous performances: It's been a good year despite starting with an injury. Since May, I've run a 50 miler, completed a 106 mile ride, and PR'd on a half-marathon. Austin is my "A Race" so I feel fairly confident that I can achieve a personal best.
Of course there's always a flip side. A few concerns for this race must also be considered as they can impact race performance as well.
3. Bike Course: Yes, the bike course is also an advantage, but there is some indication that the roads are a bit rough. I previewed a little of the course on Google and it looks to be a bit of a mixed bag. There appears to be some chip-seal in some patches, but overall the road quality doesn't look vastly different from what we have here in Southern Colorado.
4. The Unknown: Like any race there are circumstances that are beyond our control. Inclement weather, mechanicals, or even explosive diarrhea can conspire to affect race day (here's hoping it's none of these, but especially not the latter) performance.
|GI issues, while never good in any situation, can have a huge impact on Race Day performance|