Whenever anyone asks me "What should I expect for this race?" I usually tell them not to have expectations. A lot can go wrong, and frequently does. In preparation for this year's Memorial Hermann Ironman 70.3, I went back and reviewed last year's results. Ouch.
So what should I expect for this race?
I want to go out there on Sunday and swim faster than I did last year. I remember the wind and water were rough, but I'm a stronger swimmer than I was last year.
I want to ride faster. As mentioned in my previous blog post, I had five flats and I'd like to avoid that entirely. I had a good split in the Longhorn 70.3 last October, and I'd like to do better than that.
I'd like to run faster than I did last year. I messed up my nutrition by not carrying enough to handle the extra hour I spent changing tubes. This hurt my run split.
And I want faster transitions.
But what should I expect?
I don't really hold any expectations. I've learned through experience that anything can and does happen. I know what I want, and I usually go out to a race with three goals in mind. One time goal that I'd be satisfied with, another that I'd be very pleased about, and one that I would probably do cartwheels after finishing the race if I met the goal.
I have learned quite a bit since the last time. I've learned about training, I've learned about equipment, I've learned about racing...
And I've learned about me.
But I don't hold expectations. Except to expect the unexpected, and to pray that the Tri Gods smile.