Monday, June 22, 2009

Holy effing crap

My first race of the season is this [edit Sunday], and I'm wondering what the freak I'm getting myself into. I know I've eeked about this before, but it's my blog, and I'm gonna EEK again.

It's a sprint du, which normally wouldn't faze me. I can run 5k, cycle 20 and run 2.5 in my sleep. Well, maybe not quite in my sleep. But, y'know. I can do it.

But Contact races tend to be competitive. Read my Rotorua standard distance report from last year if you don't believe me! Not only that, but this race is also the North Island Inter-Club champs, which means lots of lyrca clad legends competing their way to the Nationals.

It gets better. The bike course is a 5 lap dealy in the Tank Farm area. Pancake flat and FAST, but twisty as all hell, and with two 180s per lap. Yup, that's 10 180s in around 40 minutes. I hate 180s at the best of times- and usually do them at about 14kph- and that's in races! So doing them at speed, with guys triple-lapping me at 40+ kph?

EEEEEEK!

But I'm also looking forward to it. I'm looking forward to racing- I LIKE racing. I STILL like racing, even when I'm last. I'll still get keyed up, I'll still spend the rest of Sunday going a mile a minute about every second of the race, and I'll still relish the Mexican food Phil's promised me afterwards!

8 comments:

Britt said...

You'll rock it. Who says you need to keep up with the insane fast lycra clad men/women? You do what you do girl and you'll be awesome :)

Pip said...

Have fun! Just trust in Eric and kill those corners ....

Then when you're enjoying a well-deserved lie-in on Sunday morning, think of me running around the Wellington waterfront for 21.1km's in what forecasters are prediting may turn out to be a weather bomb. Of course it's stunning here today - typical!

Pip said...

Predicting. The word is predicting. I obviously lack proof-reading skills.

SUB6 said...

Eeeeek!

Tri Saint said...

I was going to join you but Kathy wants to leave at 2pm on Friday arvo so no race. I'm sure you won't be last. Confidence on the bike's all you need. Have fun...!!

Westy said...

It's great to hear you LOVING races Kate... that's what it's all about!
All races have there challenges so just go out there and kick some lycra butt!

Aaron said...

Good luck! Whats the definition of a "contact" race though?

Kate said...

Aaron- I just meant the Contact energy tri/du series. In my experience, they're a bit faster than your average local tri/du.