San Diego International Triathlon. The race is at Spanish Landing Park, which is just south of the Airport and just north of Downtown. I did this race last year and it was great. It's a fairly prestigious local race, and this year will be the 28th addition.
Though tagged as an "International" distance race, it's actually not quite that long. The swim is 500 meters short at 1000M and the bike is 10 kilometers short at 30K. But except for the swim (which is about 200 yards longer) it is exactly double the distance of the Solana Beach Sprint Triathlon. You may recall from a post a couple weeks ago that I'm going to try to finish Solana in under an hour next month.
So this race will be a bit of a test. I figure if I can finish this in about 2:04 or so, I'll theoretically be in good shape for Solana. But there is an emphasis on "theoretically" - in real terms I'm not going to assume anything.
Last year I finished in 2:13. I had one of my better swims, but just an OK bike and run. But that was a year and thousands of training miles ago. Hopefully, the natural progression of improvement will be shining favorably on me next week.
The bike course is a great. There's a little bit of a climb up a peninsula of land called Point Loma, but once you summit, there are a couple of mildly rolling laps on top before you make up any time that may have been lost on the ascent with a screaming descent. Still, I'm going to have to nail that climb.
The run is dead flat along a seawall. From last year, I remember that despite my so-so performance, I really enjoyed this run. I'm looking forward to doing it again and turning on the heat a bit.
Overall, I'm feeling pretty good. I finished week 4 of my 16 week 70.3 training plan today on a high note with a decent 27 mile tempo ride this morning and a 6 mile recovery run this afternoon. As I've mentioned before, the plan has restructured my training weeks quite a bit. So I can feel my body responding to the changes. I got a little bit lazy this spring in terms of workout structure, and my body got a little bit too comfortable with the monotony. Well, I don't think it's comfortable anymore.
The only challenges I've faced are longer recovery times due to the more intense workouts, be it running speed-work or cycling intervals. Though not wanting to cause an uproar amongst my middle aged endurance colleagues, I'm not going to BS myself - I think some of this comes down to age. Not that this particularly matters or can't be worked around, but making this assumption is probably the best move I can make when it comes down to trying to offset it with adjustments.
I'll report back about the diet changes in a week or so. Hopefully I'll have some good news in the race report as well.