Feeling underprepared for my first 70.3...
... in 3 days!
I'm doing the Calgary half Ironman on Sunday and I'm feeling undertrained and unprepared. I haven't done much in the way of practising nutrition, I haven't done any bike rides over 60 km, and I've only done a handful of long runs. Sigh.
I've done 3 olympic distance events, with the most recent one being this past June. I finished last in my age group at 3:09, with a 40 minute swim, 81 minute bike, 62 minute run, and 6 minutes of transition. Accounting for a slower pace over the longer distance, I anticipate the following:
~1 hour swim (I recently did 2k in a pool in 55 minutes)
~3:30 bike (typically my strongest category, so 26 km/hr is fairly conservative)
~2:30 half (I did 2:20 a few weeks ago at a casual pace, and my PR is 2:06)
= 7 hours and change with transition.
The cutoff for this race is 8 hours, so if all goes well I should make it. However, I'm still nervous that something will go wrong... stomach upset, bonking, foot problems, etc. The "good" news is, due to Calgary's recent flooding the usual lake is currently unswimmable, so the swim has moved to a much smaller, warmer, and cleaner neighbourhood lake. This also shifted the bike ride to a slightly shorter (though equally hilly) course. Additionally, the forecast is currently for cool weather - a low of 8 and a high of 18 (C) - it will likely rain, but I figure that's preferable to hot and sunny! I'm kind of a wuss when it comes to heat, and I definitely perform better below 20 degrees.
My main concerns at this point (since I can't do anything about my lack of training) are eating and sleeping. I'm kind of insomniac at the best of times, and having been in 3 different time zones in the past two weeks doesn't help anything. I'll probably only sleep about 3-4 hours on Saturday night, but I'm hoping to get a couple of good nights sleep before that. I can't decide if it'll be better to sleep in on Saturday and stock up on sleep, or get up early in the hopes that I'll be tired come 10 pm.
Anyhow... there's no real point to this post, I just wanted to share my apprehensions. My friends are probably sick of hearing my whining by now, so I may as well whine to the internets!