GRRRRR! By now most of you have probably heard about the recent shark attack in the San Diego area. And as some of you may recall, there were also a couple attacks back in 2005 in the Panama City Beach, FL, area too, where I'm headed next weekend for the Gulf Coast Tri (GCT), a half iron distance tri (1.2 mi swim, 56 mi bike, 13.1 mi run).
But sharks, beware: Stay Out Of My Way. Because I'm out for REVENGE. Revenge on a swim course that marked my first-ever DNF. GRRRRR!
That was back in Nov 2006 when I'd been seriously swimming for only a year. I'd never used a pull buoy before and had no idea how to use the added buoyancy of a wetsuit to my advantage. I'd also never swam in 4-5 foot swells or heavy chop. I know I was lucky to have made it back to shore safely being the novice swimmer I was, but 6 minutes faster and I would have been able to go on. 6 lousy minutes!!
Now a year and half later I'm ready to face that damn Gulf again. The swim course is basically the same as IMFL's but just one lap instead of two. I'll bring the ginger pills, motion sickness medicine and earplugs again in case it's as rough as it was before. One thing I did do right last time was take precautions against getting seasick, which I'm very prone to. I'd heard many folks got seasick out there but fortunately not me!
So, what are my goals for GCT?
Well, of course, make the swim cut-off but since I actually have 2 hours to do so because of my early wave start, let's just say finish it in less than an hour. In addition, I want to finish the race in around 6 hours. I'll be very happy to finish sub-6 but know my training has not been very consistent since my bike crash back in February. I haven't swam as much as I wanted. I've done only one ride over 50 miles and only one real bike-run workout this year. What a slacker!
But, I have recovered well from my injuries, both physical and mental, and I have a lot of running endurance from my two recent marathons. So a sub-1 hr swim, sub-3 hr bike and a 2-hour-ish half marathon should do the trick. We'll see ...
I look forward to meeting up with TriCajun, who's also doing GCT. Anyone else going to be there?
Oh, I also just saw that Team Evotri has announced the third contest in the June issue of Inside Triathlon. The article can be found here. Hope many of you will consider applying too. Looks like just a straight essay thing, no public voting!