Thoughts and Plans for Pac Grove

The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude to me is more important than facts, the past, the education, the money, circumstances, failure, success or than what other people think, say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. We cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way, we can't change the inevitable.

C. Swindoll

Now that we’re reaching the stretch for PG I have to start planning the race. They say Triathlon is as much as mental sport as it is a physical one… and there is so much truth to that. Knowing when to push, when to hold back and how to run the three legs of the Triathlon as three distinct but complementary phases of the same event. What happens in the swim will affect the bike and how hard you push on the bike will most definitely affect your run.

Before you start and transition area

  • Lay down your transition area several times at home so you can get used to the layout and how till you distribute it while in the Race
  • Remember your eating routine
  • Pasta dinner the Thursday before
  • Light meals that are protein/carbohydrate rich on Friday till about 6 or 7
  • A bagel or 2 the morning of the race
  • Make sure you prepare your Bento box, water bottles, salt tablets and extra powder the night before
  • Swim

    • Swim as hard as you can while keeping good form. Poor form will really zap the energy out of you even more so than the cold water by itself will
    • Wear the strap of your swim goggles under your swim cap, that way if it gets knocked off you won’t loose the goggles


    • The bike ride is 24.8 miles… keep that in mind when deciding when to push and when not to.
    • The course is not hilly, keep that in mind… there are only a couple spots where the legs really need to work
    • The more consistent your ride is the better it’ll be for your run


    • Run in your own box, don’t let the box grow any bigger than it absolutely has to

    Post Script and the road to BK

    After talking to Drew I am starting to think Big K will be the real challenge this year. Some thoughts between PG and BK

    • After PG take an entire week off
    • After the week off, starting on the 17th or 18th start picking up distance in bike and run
    • Sign up for the San Jose Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon as a training run… get used to the pain and the distance. It’s training not the actual race so it’s ok to work on technique and what the race feels like.
    • Tapper 2 weeks before