Friday, August 17, 2007

Chicago still a "go"!

Thanks, peeps, for your comments on my first draft IM training plan. I've started to adjust it....the first major change is no more FL70.3 - if we get some bloggy peeps there racing, I'll be able to cheer. Blink and Excel-Man are right, so close to CdA, I'd still push too hard and probably take something away from the IM.

And that's fine with me - IMFL70.3 doesn't get good reviews anyway.

It's been a crummy night - Di, bless her heart, bought me some of my favorite - chocolate covered raisins. I, of course, ate wayyyyy too many, and have been paying for it. Di's been paying for it too, I'm sorry to say.

Plans for the Chicago Oly are still positive. Looks like the hurricane will not be threatening Florida, so nothing to worry about there. We'll be leaving Florida on Thursday now, visiting with my Mom in Greensboro, NC...then visiting with my cousins near Cleveland on Friday, and plan on being at registration in Chicago around noon on Saturday.

I really have no idea what this race has in store for me. I've been training well, but with the heat and humidity, every workout is slow. Big "if" here, but if we can catch the weather right, with some low humidity and reasonable temps, I could have a good day. Good for the Bigun is in the mid 2:30's. Morning lows there even with the mid-week heat wave they look like they are getting are still 10 degrees cooler than here, with 10% lower humidity.

Anyone wondering where that will come from? Well, I'll be lucky to belt out a 30 min swim, but in a wetsuit, with the awesome sighting conditions there, I'll have a shot. I'll be screaming on the bike, going for 22mph average. Why? Just because. Then I'll be running to puke mode in the low 9's. With 4 minutes for transitions, That would be about a 2:37. 11 minute PR. We'll see. With any luck I'll be able to keep Roman in my sights. I won't be wearing my bee suit.

We are looking forward to meeting Mike and J-Wim, Roman the Everyman and Barb, and hooking up with our buddy Andy and his wife Brittney with whom we'll be staying on Saturday and Sunday. I envision lots of good eats and drinks on Sunday following the race. After we collect our bling, of course!

9 comments:

Wendy said...

Here's hopin' both you and Di have way too much fun! It sure sounds like you will.

JohnnyTri said...

I like the pic of the beer more so than Hurr. Dean as it seem like it could easily come to H-twn!

rockon`

Brent Buckner said...

Enjoy Chicago and your travels next week.

Skipping FL70.3 is no major loss respective of the race itself. Peeps and Disney are what have made the event for me.

S. Baboo said...

Planning a race pace using the "just because" reasoning...I like it. This is another one of those events that you do to do it not so much to PR or win...at least that's my opinion.

Even if you blow out your legs on the bike and end up not running well, not sayin that will happen but if you do you still get very important data to apply to your next race. That's one of the major ways I see what my system can tolerate, go to blow up mode and then look back and adjust.

CATCH ROMAN!

supalinds said...

Good luck in Chicago!!

Dan Seifring said...

Here's to a sub 2:40:00 ( I am holding my glass of water to you.)

You will do great Bigun, have a great time.

1HappyAthlete said...

Have a great race! Grab some pizza, since there's nothing that comes remotely close out here.....

Duane said...

Good luck Bigun! Hope you guys hav a great trip and I'm sure DI will do the great photojournalist job she always does. Need pics!!!

blink140pnt6 said...

I see BLING in your future!