Friday, August 10, 2007

Collecting my Energy for Sunday Morning

My only hardworking task today: eating.

I had butternut squash soup and potato-and-alfredo pizza for lunch and gnocchi with baked plums and sweet potatoes for dinner. Mmm... carbolicious, I tell you. And I can feel all that energy gearing up to be unleashed on Sunday morning.

I took a long, slow walk this evening (another cool night) to stretch out my tight right hamstring for 2.5 miles. It started feeling a little tight in the middle of the day, and I’m hoping that the muscle-warming walk and easy stretching will make it chill out. But the walk and stretching will be the extent of my activities for the next day and a quarter.

In the meantime, I’ll occupy myself with triathlon focus. Because the Greater Cleveland Triathlon will be my first, I’m wholly uncertain of what to expect of the race, the course and myself. And since I don’t know, my time goals are the following loose guesstimations (sans transitions… or with transitions mixed in?):
  • 1/2-mile swim in 30:00
  • 12-mile bike in 1:00:00
  • 5K/3.1-mile run in 30:00

It may be too much; it may be too little. According to last year’s results, it’s very middle of the road. And I’m all right with that. So, we dive in at 7 a.m. I’d like to be done by 9 a.m.

Now I just need to work on getting some good sleep!


Vincent and Jeff... said...


Please note that I am the first person to come up with the idea for that particular cheer, as you pass your family and friends, on the sidelines, during competition: "GOG!" Maybe we'll have t-shirts printed...maybe hold up a sign or two. We're all just going to yell "GOG!" at you. Isn't that BRILLIANT? Isn't that MOTIVATIONAL for you? Or it is...just, ummm...stupid? Anyway...GOG!

(I think I'm going to have that phrase copyrighted)

So good luck tomorrow! Although luck isn't so important as training. You're either trained...or untrained. So I expect to hear that you kicked butt.

You rock.

Kate said...

Good work! You're going to crush those guesstimated times and you're going to have a great time!

Papa Louie said...

Have fun! Really!

ladibug said...

Hi G!
Well, it's 1:30 Sunday and I don't see a post with race results yet, so you're either out celebrating (this is my vote!) or laying at the side of the course somewhere! And V & J - how does that cheer go? Is it one syllable or two? Maybe you could give lessons Monday...