I’d planned to spend today’s post dissecting the swim course for the Luray International Triathlon, giving you a sneak peek at what swimmers can expect on race day. But I realized something interesting as I got ready to actually write it: *I* was bored by the topic, and I’m the one swimming it tomorrow!
Instead, I want to tell you about why I was bored by the idea of basically replicating the athlete’s guide (which you can find here): At this point in my racing “career,” I’ve sorta been there, done that.
If you’re an amateur endurance athlete (if you’re reading this, I’m guessing you are), you probably know what works for you on race day. You know what to eat the day before (something pasta or pizza related), and whether you also need to be careful about your diet two days before (yes). You know how many hours you need between your pre-race breakfast and the moment the starting gun fires (two hours, so 6 a.m. tomorrow), and what you need to eat (oatmeal with blueberries, please). You know what you need to pack (my delightfully simple packing list: swimsuit and goggles).
By this point, you’ve either trained or you haven’t. If you haven’t trained specifically for your event, you have a good idea of whether or not your body is prepared. In my case, recovering from the Great Chesapeake Bay Swim in June and a training hiatus thanks to some unplanned travel earlier this month prevented me from training as hard as I would have liked to for this race. But I know myself and my abilities, and know I’m ready to at least try to swim quickly for 1,500 meters tomorrow.
That means only one thing: It’s all over but the swimming! Wish me luck!