Monday, June 11, 2007

Pacing for an Olympic-Distance Race

As I said in the post below, I am my own worst enemy in terms of getting into my head before a race. And today, you get to come along for the ride!

Next weekend is my first non-sprint triathlon, and I'm getting worried about pacing. For a sprint, I can go pretty hard the whole time. I'd imagine that for my Half-Ironman in September, it will be more of a slower and steady pacing. But what about Olympic distance? Since I've never done one, I have no baseline to use to set my goal paces.

I'm worried that I'm going to go to hard during the bike and crash hard on the run, which would suck, or not go hard enough overall and be left with too much in the tank, and then I'll be disappointed that I didn't go faster.

Seriously, this is a big concern for me.

So what should I do?


speedy said...

Here's what I think you should do...

Don't look at your bike computer. Just go, you've got the fitness.

But, hey, what do I know? :-)

seaducer said...

I haven't done an oly yet either, but it is better to err on the side of going too slow, so you know for next time how much you have, rather than blow up. I am sure you know how hard you can bike and run those distances, just take a little off and see how it goes...

Good luck!

IM Able said...

I agree with Sir Speedy. You know your body now -- go on instinct! Since it's your first Oly distance, you're bound to have surprises/ disappointments/ lessonslearned / etc along the way. But definitely remember that race day brings out the best of our performance ability and -- no matter what -- you're going to PR! ;)

Curly Su said...

yeah, olympics are a hard distance to figure out for me too.

good luck!