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Race Weekend Coming Up!

Here are my pertinent details:

NO.   LAST NAME       FIRST NAME      DIVISION WAVE  CAP COLOR   WAVE TIME
648   SCHUBERT        MICHAEL         M 35-39   7     SILVER       7:54

My coach has me well prepared. I have my mental game plan laid out and in general know where I am going. Now I just need the weather to be nice. This weekend is not a defining moment, it’s just a benchmark. A ‘B’ race. A training race. I will post a race report on Monday.

 

Atlanta New Years Day Resolution Run – New Entry Procedures

In previous years, the Atlanta Track Club has hosted a 5k / 10k “Resolution Run” at high noon on New Years Day. It was a no-frills event where you walked up, paid $5, registered, got a t-shirt, and ran. That’s it. This has changed for the 2010 event.

For 2010, you will be required to register before 11:59 pm on December 29th. And it will no longer be $5, but between $22 – 25 depending on when you sign up. Long sleeve technical shirts will be given out this year instead of the cotton ones from years past. Rumor has it that it will be chip timed using those D-tags, though I can’t find anything to back that up at the moment. I’ll gladly pay $25 for a chip timed 10k. 

Here are the links to the Resolution Run event information page and the event registration page.

More Recon for GFT

Here is another video I found that has helped me visualize the GFT race course. Enjoy!

Visualizing Race Day

I am busy preparing for my upcoming iron distance race and thought I’d share one of my tips for dealing with a course you have not seen. Generally there are race maps available online, and you can get a general idea of the elevation profile. But this doesn’t show you what the place actually LOOKS like. One thing I do is to check out You Tube to see what videos people have shot in the area.

Below you will see a YouTube video that shows some video, as well as a bunch of stills, from last year’s incarnation of my upcoming event. While the bike course has changed this year, the imagery from the race site probably has not. Over the next few days, I will continue to scour multimedia sharing sites like YouTube and Flickr to find more images from the swim, bike and run courses. All of these inputs will add reality to the two dimensional maps I am looking at in the area.

Why do this? So you won’t be surprised on race day. My philosophy is that you should train on conditions that are more difficult than the race course itself. Seeing real life images will help you construct a plan to accomplish just that.

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