The ESi Ironman 70.3 Augusta starts on Sunday, September 30, 2012 at 7:30 am, exactly 70.3 hours from the time of this post. I have been training for this race, which will be my first Half Ironman triathlon, since mid-July. Due to a variety of circumstances, I haven't trained as much as I would have liked, but I feel like I have done enough to at least finish the race in one piece before the course is closed. Here are my training totals for the months of August and September:
- Swimming - 8.00 miles over 4:44:55 (1.68 mph average)
- Biking/Spinning - 259.29 miles over 16:51:36 (15.38 mph average)
- Running - 76.12 miles over 13:30:28 (5.64 mph average)
If I maintain the same average paces throughout the race, I will finish the 1.2-mile swim in 42:51, the 56-mile bike in 3:38:28, and the 13.1-mile run in 2:19:22, for a total finish time of 6:40:41 (not including time spent in transition). That bike time seems about right, but I expect I'll be faster on the swim--due to the downstream current in the Savannah River--and slower on the run.
During the race, I will be wearing a GPS tracking device that will allow friends and family to follow my progress in the bike and run segments in real time. My swim wave starts at 8:36 am, so I expect to be getting on the bike around 9:15 am. If you know me personally and would like to track me during the race, please get in touch with me and I will give you the details.
Below are the maps for the race's swim, bike and run courses:
|1.2-mile swim in the Savannah River|
|56-mile bike through rural South Carolina|
|13.1-mile run up and down the streets of Augusta, Georgia|
Aside from merely completing the race (which will be a major accomplishment in itself), my primary goal is to finish in 7:00:00 or less. Under 6:30:00 would be fantastic, but that may be a bridge too far!
Please keep me in your thoughts and prayers this weekend. I'll report back next week after I've recovered!