Swim: new goggles specific to the course---in the case of IMAZ, I'll go with clear lenses because the start is somewhat dark. For IMAZ 2010 and 2011, I used tinted goggles, which made it seem much darker out than it was. They didn't inhibit sighting, but I think clear is the way to go to sight the best. Checked the wetsuit, all is good...and that's about it for the swim.
With all that, I think we can say I have a game plan for the bike!
Run: well, 90% of that is deciding on a pair of shoes and sticking with it...and I have it narrowed down to two pair, both are Saucony. Over the summer I decided it was time to change running shoes (forever a Nike fan)...I've tried:
Zoot Ultra TT5.0 (a tweener for me...not enough for long runs, and love the Kiawe's for fast stuff)
Zoot Kiawe (my favorites for Olympic Distance)
On Running Cloudrunners: good for long distance runs, but not race day shoes for me
Saucony Ride: ditto the Cloudrunner comment
Brook PureFlow: ditto Cloudrunners again
Saucony Kinvara 3: love em
Saucony Fasttwitch: love em
|Saucony Kinvara 3|
The winner is....Kinvara 3 (I think!). There's just a bit more posting in this shoe over the Fasttwitch. Both are fast shoes, but I think I need a little more in my shoe now that I am 40 ;-)
Other Run sorties are nutrition of course...now that Gu is the on course nutrition, I am one happy dude. Gu, Perform, then Coke, orange slices, potato chips, and tons of water. 200 cals and hour of those fine products ;-) Some people comment about how those foods are horrible...unless you have put yourself through an Ironman, then you simply don't understand. When you can't handle anything but almost straight forms of suger, Coke is the saviour. Need salt and some calories? Nothing tastes better than chips. The Orange slices...a craving I have in every IM...must be the citrus. I'll carry a bottle of cold water out of T2, but otherwise nothing (well, maybe a 5 Hour Energy for that time when the $%it gets real...)
So that's it for this episode of Ironman 5.0 prep...I'm sure I will post pics of my bike once it is set up. I'll probably add my plans for race strategy in there as well. Up next is a Blood Lactate Test to determine the right wattage on the bike, which prompts me to post an Article Carlos Mendoza posted about racing with power... a must read!!! Cheating with a Power Meter Article Joe Friel is one of the leading guys when it comes to knowledge on training with power so read it!!!!
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