Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Scared? Say your scared!

Ok, I'm Scared! See the counter to right? 3 days remain until the 101 in Bradenton, and I have no idea if I'm ready. Not a clue. I'm guessing not, but I don't want to be all blacked out before I even start! Take the swim (please...) - I can remember no 3k training swims in recent memory. Should be fun, then. I had every intention of working up to 3k swims at the pool - just never happened. Lucky me.

I've done a few 80+ mile bikes in recent history - so that should be ok. I'm going to take it slow - yea, right. The only thing I do well, and I'm going to take it easy, like that's going to happen. The PLAN is to take it easy, watch the HR (if I can get the damn thing working again) and relax for 80 miles. 'Cause then what? Oh yea, a nice little 18.6 mile run afterward.

Hopefully a few half marathons in somewhat recent history will pull me through to the finish line on Sunday. The course has three 10k (yes, unfortunately they are in a row...) loops - so I'll be able to break it down into 3 painful sections. Can't wait. The bike is loopy as well - 5 or 6 loops, depending on which article you read - which is cool since I'll be able to see my greatest fan, Mrs. B, a bunch - more so than any other race so far. I'll be needing more Cowbell for sure.

And I have no clue, really, of what to expect. Sure I've done a Half IM distance race, but this one has GEAR BAGS and a CHANGING TENT - so now there's more to fuss about. Oh yea, and I just quit my j-o-b and started a landscaping/lawn maintenance company. Fun times.

I'm scared, did I mention that?

24 comments:

Wrenching Winz said...

You'll be fine big guy. Think of the awsomeness of being able to participate in the 1st ever of the event

Shelley said...

You are going to be one of the "originals"..you can't turn back now..just like those first few people who stood on the shores of hawaii and became Ironmen!!! I can't wait for you to let me know all about it and then we'll know what we're in for at Houston 101...don't worry..we'll all be there pulling for ya!!!

IM Able said...

So...from my estimation, you'll be doing a tad more swimming than usual, looping your way through a totally doable biking distance and a couple (okay, a few) 10 K training runs.

No?

DON'T WORRY!! You'll be totally fine. When in doubt, brute force and ignorance 'ill do you right.

Bigun said...

and I gots plenty of those - hey! I resemble those remarks!

Spokane Al said...

A little concern before a big race is a good thing right? You will rock the course!

Bolder said...

look at it as just a big training day, and it always goes better... that's what i'm doin' for Wildflower!

JUST A BIG TRAININ' DAY!!

enjoy. and good luck with your new opportunity!!!

momo said...

you are going to do just great, just do your own thing and enjoy it. and remember, first time at this race and this distance? you're guaranteed a pr!!

good luck on the new company!

Di aka "Mrs Bigun" said...

buck up mister - no scardy pants allowed!!! Do you hear me?!?!?!?
teehee just kidding honey ;)

Di aka "Mrs Bigun" said...

whoops... that's SCAIRDY pants

Tri-Dummy said...

Just think "FINISH" and you'll be fine.

Pathos Mathos.

Wisdom through suffering.

Duane said...

Have fun guy! We await a great report and hopefully some photos!

Myles said...

All I can say is don't worry about your time, watch your HR like a hawk, pay attention to your nutrition and take it at an easy pace...the time will take care of itself.

Remember, these long races take a greater toll on us big guys as the hours tick by.

You will be fine. I can't wait for the race report.

luke said...

Since I'm too scared to actually do it with you. I'll be there to cheer you on. I can assure you that you will get plenty of cowbell!!

TriFeist said...

You've got a plan and plenty of bike base. Good luck!

JohnnyTri said...

Crap an Egg!! No more J.O.B. Just Over Broke! Way to get out on your own, and enjoy something you like!

and dont worry about that race, the Bigun is TipTop!!!
and it says 2 days now..hehe..

rockon` Bro....

blink140pnt6 said...

Will the Bigun even fit in the changing tent?

Seriously though, You'll be fine.

I don't have a cow bell but I do have Drakes hunting bell. We'll be ringing it for you.

LoneStarCrank said...

Fear is a great motivator...if we know we could do things we wouldn't step the edge of the cliff somedays. Bigun, you tore it up last week and have proven yourself. We'll all look forward to hearing of your hard earned success.

Anonymous said...

Good luck, it should be a great event and wish I was there. I am also in a first this sunday, The Alabama Coastal Triathlon. I think they are giving free smokeless tobacco to all finishers. Can't wait to get back to Cal. Oh yeah, Good luck I will be rooting for you, Im 6'5 235, Clydes have bigger *%$#s. Your anonymous knot converter Ryan

Di aka "Mrs Bigun" said...

just remember honey, you have an aero helmet.

Fatbackrall said...

Good luck my friend. This is a great opportunity to work out some anxiety. Don't sweat the swim. Watch your breathing and stretch it out. I'll be thinking about you!

ShirleyPerly said...

I too think you'll do fine. Just keep that HR out of the red zone and stay hydrated & fueled out there in the heat. You know what happens if you don't.

GOOD LUCK!!!

Excel Man said...

You can do it. No worries. Take the swim slow and easy and ride at least the first half of the bike easy/steady. If you feel good at the halfway mark pick it up a little. No drama on the run. Like TD said..."just think finish." It's just a long catered workout. Good luck!

Excel Man said...

One more thing....nutrition, nutrition, nutrition. Don't forget your nutrition. G'Luck!

Myles said...

Hey Bigun, stop soaking up all this comment love and give us another post on the 101!

Inquiring minds want to know.