I know it's probably a bad idea, signing up for a half ironman with a week and a half to prepare. I didn't know about this race until yesterday, and I'm really tempted to do this instead of Lake Mills next weekend.
For some reason, I'm not that excited about Lake Mills this year which is disappointing because I want to be excited about it. I know several people doing the race and I had a lot of fun last year. But I'm more excited about long course triathlons lately, probably because that's been the focus of my training so I feel like I'm losing that short course speed but gaining on long course speed/endurance.
My training has been hit or miss lately. I've had some killer workouts and some disappointing workouts. All in all I think my training has been going well, but at times I've lacked motivation. I'm hoping a big race like this might be exactly what I need to get me out of this rut and get me refocused on the goal - The Great Floridian. I haven't thought about the race in a long time. It feels very far away, but it's not really. The summer will go quickly and before I know it I'll be doing my last big workout and beginning my taper.
Plus I've been focusing on my running a lot this year and I want to see if that's paying off. I didn't run as well as I'd hoped at the April Du or the Beloit Biathlon so I'm hoping maybe I've exchanged some raw speed for endurance and maybe I can run a better half ironman than last year. It would be a good test of fitness. I could see where I'm at and use that to tailor my workouts for the next month as I prepare for Racine.
And nutrition...I screwed up my nutrition at Racine so it would be great to test it out prior to that race. I've only raced one half ironman so I've never tested my new nutrition plan at that distance.