Friday, March 30, 2012

Memorial Herman Ironman 70.3 – Galveston Island – April 1, 2012

For the last six months I have been training for the C'oeur d'Alene Ironman in Idaho on June 24, 2012. I decided I would try a half-ironman when I was about half through my training program so I signed up for the Memorial Herman Ironman 70.3 (half the distance of an Ironman) in Galveston.

I am here in Galveston now and have registered and checked out the course for Sunday's race. In theory this is a fast course: saltwater swim in a Bayou, and a flat bike ride that is just a straight shot out Galveston Island and back. The run is three loops, which helps in pacing. I am hopeful of doing much better than on my last 70.3 race at Steelhead in 2010. However, it is a windy course – most likely it will be a crosswind, but wind never helps. And there is that saltwater. I'm not excited about that, but I'll try not to drink too much of it.

Here are my predictions / goal for this race.

Steelhead 201039:212:034:422:59:2618.74:142:21:4610:506:09:29
Galveston 2012 - Goal40:002:044:302:48:0020.04:302:04:309:305:41:30

I actually believe I should do a lot better than this, but I've never beaten any of my predictions, so I'm trying to be more conservative this time. I have trained hard this winter, especially on the bike. I know I am in good shape for this race. We'll see.