The projected weather for Sunday will be about a high of 16 degrees Celcius with light rain. I have packed for a rainy day, with a light raincoat, and warmer clothing. Let’s see if I will do a burlesque run, and chuck clothing aside during the run. I could be shuffling loudly across the finish line with a beanie, gloves, and raincoat.
I wonder how I will respond to the colder conditions. A few trial runs before the race should provide good indicators of what I need to modify for my race strategy: attire, protection from the rain/wind, nutrition, and shoes. There is always a danger of not drinking enough when the weather is cool. The cold would, probably, decrease my heart rate and I might have an advantage in holding a faster pace. I intend to hold an average of 4:45 minute per kilometre, with a negative split on my second 21K leg. Fingers crossed, with happy thoughts.
Last night’s ride with the Eastern Night Riders (ENR) was useful. I was suffering lack of muscle tone, as it was about 24 hours after my deep-tissue massage. I could tell, as my muscles could not exert maximum power during the sprints, nor hold it long enough. However, the occasional bursts of speed during the two-loop, 30K ride activated my muscles so that they stayed alert. I alternated between aero-position and on the drops, as I did not want to strain my lower back. My comfortable ride affirms my effective bike fit a few months ago. Looking forward to my new carbon tri-bike next month.
Off to my chiropractor for a spinal adjustment now!