Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Getting Race Ready

Taper.  You’re doing it wrong.


This weekend’s event is a B race for me, meaning I won’t be peaked or fully tapered for it.  My main goal is just to get some race experience in – living in California it feels incredibly strange to be in May and not have done a tri yet.  But I am having a lighter workout week as we approach the race and am enjoying the sparky feeling developing in my legs!

I had a little brick on tap for today – great chance to feel out the new bike fit with some very short race-pace intervals.  And clearly California is trying to prepare me for the sun and heat in Arizona by finally giving us some proper May weather! (sorry photo is fuzzy)


And then it was time for transition practice!!!  I was very excited when I saw a note to practice transitions on my schedule, as it’s something we rarely work on that can really save us time.  Given that I’d recently read this blog post, I had a lot of things I’ve been wanting to try.

First of course I needed to really test out my new helmet and work out any issues of putting it on in a hurry.


Then it was something I’ve never done before – mounting the bike with shoes already clipped in.  I am not brave enough for the flying mount (beautifully demonstrated in that linked post above) at this point and I just about crashed into Jeff’s car the first 2 times I tried getting my feet in the shoes but eventually I got the hang of it.


The best part was discovering I’m not so bad at the flying dismount!  Which I did over and over again until Jeff got a good picture of it.


So with just a few light easy workouts to go (and Coach’s instructions to rest the legs a bit more based on how they felt today), I’m feeling pretty confident I can go out there and execute my plan for Saturday – get some race experience under my belt for the year and try some new things out!

Now who wants to pack all this gear up for me?


sallyaston said...

I'm racing at Rio Salado this weekend too. Looking forward to it as I havent done a Tempe race in a while. I have my fingers crossed that it is wetsuit legal though :-)

Aimee said...

Good luck in your race this weekend!! You're going to do great!! :)

Meredith said...

Good Luck! Wish I could be there to cheer you on!

Jennifer said...

Good luck this weekend! Your looking pretty pro on that bike!

ADC said...

Good luck this weekend. I am sure you will rock it.

Christi said...

Have a great race weekend! I am sure you will do awesome!

Wes said...

I found a helmet to fit MY BIG HEAD! It's a Bell, but I'll take it! So much more comfortable than my old helmet.

I thought the flying dismoutn was when you went over the handlebars :-D

Looking forward to your race!!

Meera said...

Omg - snorted my tea at that baby picture! The helmet looks super speedy and partly alien headgear. I think you need to take it to fun races with tubes sprouting from it :)

Unknown said...

That first picture is hysterical! :)

You'll do great this weekend - have fun!

Sherry said...

Exciting times! You look great with your new bike (and new car)! Good luck this weekend, Molly! :-)

Unknown said...

oh good luck this weekend. It will be a nice ease into the season. Wish I could be there too!

jennabul said...

Looking forward to your race report...enjoy Arizona!