Based on one of my big sources of inspiration, my friend Linae, I went to the old results to see what it would take to go Top Ten at Eagleman (half Ironman) and Columbia (Olympic) next year in my age group (50-54). Well, just because I'm racing age group instead of Athena there next year simply because I don't want to start out the day as a Tail End Charlie with the Athenas in the next-to-last swim wave.
Actually, I found out that the AG competition is much more fierce at Eagleman than I knew - the times are much faster and packed tighter together. Maybe has to do with that little Kona-qualifier cachet.
Top ten at Eagleman would require about a ~6:00 finish: roughly swim ~43:00, bike 3:11, run 1:57.
Dang those old hags are fast. That sounds like I might as well aim to be the first woman on the moon. At first. But then I start breaking it down and think that any one of the disciplines is within reach with hard work, so maybe....
Top ten at Columbia is much closer to me, about a 3:37 finish: swim ~37:00, bike 1:36, run 1:10. All well within reach in each discipline if I had a great day.
It's just that putting it all together on one day that's kind of tricky. But that's what keeps it interesting.
Just saving these numbers in my notes, so to speak, for future reference. . . .