Posts Tagged ‘triathlon’

Today is a day of rest, carbo-loading (but not overeating), hydrating, and packet pickup. I’ll head down to Tempe Town Lake soon and leave my bike in the transition area for the night (yipes!). I hope there is good security!

  • 11:00 – head down to registration and packet pickup
  • 11:30 – drop off bike
  • 11:45 – 1:00 cruise the Expo area
  • 1:00 – athlete meeting
  • 2:00 – head home to rest and get ready for tomorrow

Bike is all ready to go! Just need to clean it up a little and add a spray or two of lube to the chain and crank.


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Well, today is the eve of the SOMA Quarter Ironman triathlon and I have the requisite case of anxiety and jitters. Will I be able to maintain consistent effort throughout the race and “kick it in” at the end? Have I remembered everything I need during transitions? What will the weather be like (although not such a big deal in Arizona)? Will I get run over by a real competitor on the biking part? All these questions and more have been running through my head but I think now, today, the time has come to put those aside and focus. Today I will focus on what my goals are for the race and on being present and doing what I have trained my body to do. The training is over now and I can’t worry about that. All I can do is pay attention and breath deeply as I visualize being present tomorrow.

Goals for the event:

  • Relax and enjoy the workout!
  • Be present and pay attention to every swimming stroke, biking revolution, and running stride.
  • Support others around me as they go through the race.
  • Start out slow and calm giving myself a chance to warm up then build my effort throughout the race.
  • Finish strong with a smile on my face

I can’t help but have a time goal as well although I am trying not to pin my success or failure on it. Individually, I can do the events in the following times:

  • Swim 1000 meters in 25 minutes
  • Bike 27 miles in 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Run 6.5 miles in 1 hour 7 minutes

Adding those times means I should be able to do the entire event in 3 hours 2 minutes. However, there are transition times to think of and also fatigue from doing all the events in one day. Factoring in those elements I will shoot for a time around 3 hours 30 minutes.

Keeping this all in perspective is also very important. While this event may be tough for me and a challenge when I wake up on Monday morning I go back to work and normal life. Others face challenges every day that are astronomically more difficult than competing in a triathlon. Case in point is a story about a woman using yoga to deal with cystic fibrosis. Thank you to a friend who sent me this link. This woman, Brooke Sterling, is her yoga teacher.

Read Brooke’s story to get some new perspective on your life:


Having a phrase or saying (short and to the point) for motivation along the way is also helpful. My sister-in-law uses the phrase “constant forward motion” when she does her events. Because I haven’t found my own phrase yet, I will check and see if I can use hers. I even designed her a logo for it last year and sent her a t-shirt and coffee mug with the design.

Constant Forward Motion

Constant Forward Motion

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Two day countdown to the SOMA Quarter Ironman Triathlon in Tempe. Tomorrow is packet pickup and other pre-race activities including a pre-swim in Tempe Town Lake (oh, boy!).

Thought I would take some time today and generate my checklist for items and equipment needed:


  • Cap
  • Goggles
  • Flip flops
  • Wetsuit
  • Wetsuit bag/hanger
  • Plastic bag to put wetsuit in


  • Bike!
  • Shoes/socks
  • Helmet
  • Gloves
  • Water bottle (store bought)
  • Tube
  • Pump or CO2
  • Patch Kit
  • Big pump (leave at transition area – put name on it)
  • Numbers on Helmet and Bike
  • Tools


  • Shoes
  • Socks
  • Hat
  • Running Number


  • Hammer Gel to eat before the race
  • Hammer Gel for before the bike
  • Hammer Gel for before the run
  • Water bottle with Noon
  • Energy bar for after race
  • Bag of salty chips for after the race


  • Bodyglide
  • Washcloth and water (for wiping feet after swim)
  • Bacteria hand wipes
  • Towel
  • Heart Rate Monitor
  • Road ID
  • Sunglasses
  • Tri outfit
  • Cell phone
  • Other comfy shoes to change into after the race
  • Extra towel in car
  • Race Chip
  • Number belt
  • Regular wristwatch
  • Disposable camera
  • Duct tape
  • Race packet with info
  • All race numbers

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Swim, bike, and run course for the 2008 Tempe SOMA Quarterman race:

Swim = .6 miles (1000 meters)
Bike = 27 miles
Run = 6.5 miles

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AND THE SCHEDULE SAYS…50 minute run and 1500 meter swim…

Woke up to an absolutely beautiful day in Arizona. Finally! The weather has started cooling off. Yeah!!!! I am three weeks out from the SOMA quarter Ironman and am on track for what I hope will be a good race. My plan today was to head over to Lifetime Fitness and run 50 minutes on the street near the gym. There is a nice flat loop section there that is about 1.4 miles long. Then, I would head into the pool area and swim my 30 laps for a swimmer’s mile.

RUNNING: iPod tunes ready to rock I headed out for my run. Felt very sluggish today (could it be the big meal and the Sangia I had last night? No way!) and really had trouble getting warmed up. I have a muscle in the back of my right leg that has been troublesome for several months and today was not exception. After the first loop I thought things might improve but not really. After 27 minutes, I stopped running and went into 8 min run and 2 min walk mode. I never really did get loosened up completely although there were brief moments during the run when I did feel good.

STATS: 53 minutes, 5 miles, 500 calories

SWIMMING: After the run I headed into the gym and made my way to the pool. I swam 5 laps (50 meters each lap) of kick board with fins, then 5 laps of pull-buoy, the 5 laps of freestyle with fins. Somewhere between 12 and 15 laps I started getting really bad cramps in my feet (maybe from the running?). After finishing the 5 laps of freestyle with fins I did 5 laps of freestyle no fins (25 m hard then 25 m easy). The foot cramps would not go away, so I called it a day at 20 laps.

STATS: 1000 m, 200 calories

Tomorrow is a bike and swim day. I will bike to work (36 miles round trip) then head over to the gym and swim 1500 meters.

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