Today is quiet day of rest as I prepare for Ironman Muncie 70.3 tomorrow. I'm staying with the Greene family (Bill, Melissa, Matthew and Emily) and have had the good fortune of meeting these wonderful people thorough the home stay program that Ironman has set up for professional athletes.
This morning, Josh Amberger and Shannon Stallard and I did a light swim at a local pool before putting a few miles on our bikes for a pre race gear check. At 10 am it was already 90 degrees and they are predicting even hotter conditions tomorrow for the race. This means that nutrition may be even more important than fitness, as a slight miss calculation of fluid and electrolyte intake could make or break your muscles performance. I hope that i learned my lesson from IM Lousiville a few years back, which ended at mile 5 on the run with heat exhaustion. Tomorrow I plan to consume 4 electrolyte tablets every hour from the moment i wake up until the race is over, along with 80 ounces of fluid on the bike and as much as my stomach will allow on the run. As always i plan to stick with a Gu every 30 mins during the race, and pray that my muscles don't cramp up, and that tmy stomach can hold those necessary fluids down.
Well, I'm pretty excited to see how things go with the updated bike fit from 2 weeks ago when I raced Syracuse with a slightly tall saddle height and even higher aero bars. Swimming is still me biggest concern, because my shoulder still hurts and aches and really limits my ability to push it in the water. I guess i will just heed Kate's advice to just find a rhythm and forget about what i'm doing. Hopefully, i can find a few feet to follow as well. Finishing a half ironman in 90+ degrees (even hotter heat index) will be a victory in and of it self, so the run portion is going to be about survival. I wish my new triathlete friends success and safe race.