|The machine ready for a relaxing 112 mile ride to Hawi and back|
I really have no solid feel for how the day is going to go for me tomorrow. My only reference is 2012 when I experienced Kona for the first time coming off my qualification race 60 days prior and having very little motivation to do another IM that season. I cruised the swim, rode pretty conservatively, and forced myself through the marathon with plenty of walking. I just had no desire to run, it was brutally hot and humid, and I didn't have anything to motivate me to hurt. This year isn't really much different. I don't feel like I have anything to prove to myself but I'd like to knock a chunk of time off my previous 11:30:34. I assume I'll swim roughly the same 1:10-1:12 but can probably improve my bike 10-15min depending on how the conditions play out. The run is where I have the most opportunity in theory. I "ran" a 4:28 in 2012 but all my other IM marathons have been sub 3:30. I don't know if 3:30 is realistic tomorrow or not - it will mostly come down to how much I care when I get to that point in the day. Overall I'd consider finishing in 10:30 a successful day but there is a lot I can't control and we'll just see how the day treats me.
I'm getting ready to do one last check of my gear bags before I head down to rack my bike. After that there isn't much left to do but relax and wait. A nice sampler at Kona Brewery might be in my very near future for lunch :)
|Pre-Kona lunch of champions|