Tuesday, September 15, 2009

T minus 5 days - Freakout can begin

So, I just found out her waves for the Olympic distance triathlon is going to start at 9 a.m. -- two hours after originally posted. They had both waves starting roughly at 7 a.m., so I figured I'd be in the water by 8 at the latest! What's worse? I still have to have my bike racked by 7 a.m. That's going to suck

So now, I'm freaking out that I won't finish in time! If I leave at "9," which means more like 9:30 a.m., it's going to be pushing it to get me in by the time they start tearing down. I'm literally thinking it will be between 4.5 and 5 hours for me to do this, which is 2 p.m. or 2:30 p.m., right? Tear down starts at 2:30! Ack. What if something happens and I'm even slower. Not only that, but it will be getting really...really...really hot by then!

Why on Earth would you have the sprint distance start first? It makes no sense!!! They will finish, and then have to wait for me to get my slow ass in from the bike before they can leave. And we have to be there 3 hours early, but not be racing yet. Get the longest ones started and then the sprints go and end then the Olympic ends. Then no one will have quit because they aren't fast enough. Does this make sense to anyone else? I'm totally freaking out.

I guess it was about time.


Teenage Tri Queen said...

Ahh, don't worry about it! We all know that you are going to do AWESOME!! Can't wait to see how well you do!

Big Daddy Diesel said...

Take a deep breathe. A couple things, your young, thus you will be in first couple waves, stick to your plan, dont gun it on the bike and leave nothing left in the tank for the run. The bike is flat, which will help you not having any hills to climb. Your run fitness is there, trust your training. What are your sub goals? Swim 30 minutes? bike 2 hours (12.4mph)? leaving 90 minutes for the run (14.72 minutes per mile)? I personally think you probably going to surprise yourself. I am gonna say 4 to 4:15.

You will go great, remember this is the reward for all your hard work.

Diane said...

You've got this! Big Daddy Diesel has it right. Stick to your plan. You'll finish in plenty of time. You haven't been the last one in in your other races. You won't be the last one in here either. Keep in mind that there will be people behind you and that will help you to relax, keep your pace and have fun.

Ken Clay said...

Jessica -

Best of luck this weekend! You've already had an amazing year!

Be proud of yourself!