as i was mentioning in my last post, last year was a casual year in terms of how i approached the races i did. a lot of that was due to inexperience but also i wanted to make it a good experience so that i would want to continue doing tri's. i didn't stress myself over how i set up my transition area or how fast i transitioned after the swim and bike. this year, not so casual. i feel like i've made huge leaps and bounds all the way around and now i'm ready to nit pick!!
one of the things i've been experimenting with is going sockless and wearing matching underwear. really? who wears underwear when they are training or racing? the last time i tried going sockless, it was totally unplanned and i paid for it with bloody blisters after only 3 measly miles. however, this time around, i prepared by putting a nice coat of vaseline all over the back of my running shoes and tri shoes. i ran 28 miles without socks this past week and not one blister or even a little rub at all and i biked 235 miles sockless and again, no problem. i figure going sockless will at least buy me a free 30 seconds in T1 and i am taking it. speaking of transition times, my buddy Chloe did a great blog post today about transitions tips and you can find it HERE.
for me, this year is about refining every part of the tri. from not forgetting my transition bag at home (LOL!) to faster T times, and really focusing on the weakest link, the swim, which i have been doing and will update on that some other time. in the end, as in November 5th, 2011, the hard work should be very evident. i've always been a super focused person when it comes to training for a specific event but this year it is 10 fold and i can't wait to see how things pan out. my next race is may 14th and i am chomping at the bit to race.
Congrats to Jeff, Jon, Shannon, and Misty who all did IM 70.3 in Texas today as well as Annie (Jeff's other half) who did her first sprint tri yesterday. you all represented! way to go!
i'm off to swim now, have a great week ya'll - much love and peace out for now!