Sunday, July 19, 2009
Green Member: Billy Self
Event: Disco Olympic
Location: Lake Ray Roberts, Johnson State Park (beautiful beach start)
Class (yours): Male 25-29
Results: 6th overall, 1st age group
Local Knowledge and Conditions: 2nd time to do this course. Last time I tried to grind the hills on the bike course (didn't work out well)... this time I wanted to do more high cadence tempo on the bike to roll over the hills.
Pre-Race Strategy & Warm Up: Very short jog with a couple of pick ups. light stretching in transition. swam for about 5 minutes with light strokes and lots of stretching out.
Psychology: I wanted to get as much time on the field as possible with the swim, keep my eyes and head forward and concentrating on good revolution of the crank, and turn off my brain during the bike and run. "do not listen to brain, do not listen!"
Lessons Learned (Or Re-Learned): learned the baby powder and body glide in the shoes allow for a very comfortable sockless run.
Future Goals (include skills executed well and skills needing improvement): Need more work to prevent cramps in the calves after T2. Need more confidence with mount/dismount... more practice.
Fitness (endurance, nutrition, hydration): I drank a ton of water all week... satisfied w/ water intake. katie cooked fantastic meals all week with sweet potatoes on friday night to allow 2 nights for all the carbs to set it. I ate really well, and slept 7+ hours everynight of the week (besides race night)
Something funny that happened: Not really that funny, but katie and I were invited to dinner in Dallas for a buddy's birthday. Most of you know that I simply don't cross the bridge often...and especially on the night before a big race. I remained completely calm and enjoy drinks and dinner with fantastic company. We had a great time and didn't get home until 12:30am!!! We had to wake up at 3:30am this morning to make the 2 hour drive out there! Katie was awesome and drove home from Dallas AND to the triathlon this morning so I could lean my seat back and rest. Main point, instead of sitting on my behind at the house stressing myself out the night before, I enjoyed myself with Katie and friends... remembering that triathlons, although fun, are just a hobby and shouldn't control my life (or weekend). Dewey & Jordan, thank you very much for showing me the light.
Glad To Be Here!
Posted by Billy Self at 5:40 PM