Is it immediately apparent to even the most casual reader that I'm vacillating between two states - being psyched up for this triathlon on Sunday, and descending into total mindless panic?
This morning I was PSYCHED UP! I did a mini-brick. I know it's too late to do any actual training for this event - the easiest way to blow up in any race is to do too much shortly beforehand and start on race day worn out. I'm just doing some half distances at an easy pace to remind my muscles of the job that they will have to do four days from now.
First I did 3.5 miles on the treadmill at 1.5% grade, including three 0.75-mile repeats at 12 min/mile, 11 min/mile, and 12 min/mile.
Then into the pool for an easy 750m. For the first time in a long time I was GLIDING through the water, maintaining my form carefully, keeping my breathing low and calm, my elbows high, stretching out long, and using good torso rotation. Not only did it feel relatively effortless, but it decreased my stroke count by four strokes per lap when I paid close attention to my form. That doesn't happen often, but when it feels like that it's marvelous!
One more short swim, short bike, and short run and 3 or 4 good nights of sleep and it's on to race day! Thanks, everyone, for all your good wishes and encouragement! It HELPS!