Heading to Corpus Christi

Sunday see's my first race of the season the half distance Republic of Texas Triathlon. This is unique for me, I've never done a half as my first race of the season. It's also unique for another reason, it's the first time I've had a personal coach since the lead-up to the 2002 ITU World Championships, 10-years ago. Wow.

My prep has left me feeling race ready physically, notwithstanding a case of Plantar Fasciitis that been causing a lot of early morning pain in my left heal. My prep though has left me intellectually feeling like I'm ready for a fast Olympic Distance race... I'm travelling down on Saturday with my coach and the conditions look "iffy" at best, with the weather underground currently reporting 91 | 70 °F, Chance of T-storms, 20% chance of precipitation, and winds 22 mph SE.

So, probably no wetsuit; given the bike is a bridge, then 3x repeat loops without the bridge, I guess the tactic is to absolutelt totally hammer the decent from the bridge and the start of the first loop; recover the retunr into the wind, hamer and repeat.

To add some excitement to my race, I'm back shooting at a GB Team qualifier time for the ITU World Long Distance Championships in July.To get this, I need a PR by 12-15 minutes at least I guess. Athlinks has most of my half results, so for the measure.

To Gain the 10-15-mins means is I have to have a swim and bike close to my best time; and a run at my best time for a half distance race.

Given I PR'd at Half Marathon this year I hope I'm in shape, but the fact all my long runs/rides have been little over Olympic distance means I really have no idea what to expect. 

I do though feel great, and thats what the plan has been to allow a good recovery, which takes longer as you get older.  I saw Dr Z for the plantars, as always I came away feeling confident that I knew what to do to minimize the impact. So, we'll see.
I'm guessing it will be a small field in my age group. I've aged up this year, so again I have every incentive to do well.