There are definite advantages to living in the same town where you’re going to be racing. You get to ride or run the course you’ll be racing whenever you want, making friends with all the hills, turns, ins and outs that you’ll be facing. In just three weeks from Sunday, I’ve got the IronGirl sprint tri a mere couple of miles from my house. I’ve been riding the course regularly over the past several weeks, and running it a couple of times, which gives me a comfort level I might not have if racing somewhere else.
Even better, tomorrow the race director is offering everyone a chance to swim the course. Like many triathlons, IronGirl is held in a lake that isn’t normally open to swimming, so having the opportunity to get in the water and swim the course is a bonus. I might not normally do this, but since I haven’t done any open water swims in five years, I think it will help to practice some navigation.
After the swim, I plan to ride and run the course too (although there’s rumor they won’t be permitting people to ride the course). I’m going to do all of it in my Team Fight race kit, which I just picked up the other day. Why is this important? Well, ’cause I’m old school and have never raced a tri in anything but a swim suit! I guess it’s time to get with the program and move into 2012, not to mention that I’m excited to wear the Team Fight colors.
And I know I’ve mentioned it a few thousand times before, but I’m raising money for Team Fight and welcome your donations. For every $10 you donate, you get a chance to win a fantastic pile of running related gear. Thanks to all who have already donated!
Do you ever get to train on local race courses?