I feel like I’m slacking, but I made a promise to myself that I would rest until Wednesday. I had been training hard for yesterday’s race since June (when I bought my bike off Craigslist), and my triathlon is actually part of a larger journey I began way back in 2011.
I’m still feeling a little rattled about how monumentally BAD the swim was yesterday. I’m hoping that just experience will help this, and I’m sure a trillion pool laps won’t hurt either, but that odd feeling of not-being-able-to-breathe is a bit haunting. Cape Henlopen involves an ocean OWS, so it’s not going to be any easier. The good news is that the bike and run are flat as a 2×4 (both legs are a bit longer). I’d happily trade some mileage for hills though.
I was looking through the race data from my Garmin 910xt, and nothing jumped out at me. The autolap setting on the bike was for 5 miles, so there really aren’t enough good data points available to draw any solid conclusions. One thing that I forgot to mention was that I momentarily panicked in the OWS yesterday – while treading water at the start I inadvertently LOCKED the screen on my watch! I just hit a few buttons blindly and magically unlocked it. I need to spend some time with the manual again!