Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Race Preview: The Muskoka Grind
Off-road Triathlon. Swim, Mountain Bike, Trail Run.
This is the first time they have held this race, but based on the descriptions on the race website it sounds like a tough one!
1000m swim consists of two loops, and should be pretty straightforward. Except - I haven't been swimming much this year, and I haven't been in open water at all! I was thinking of switching to the duathlon, but after a swim last week I feel pretty confident I can at least get through it. I can't be that much slower than last year, can I?
16.5km bike ... well it starts with something called "Ski Hill", which the organizer describes as " steep and is made up of loose gravel". Just in general it sounds like it will be very rustic and random, which means pretty tough to find a rhythm. Two loops. I won't get a chance to pre-ride it, so I guess the first loop will be exploratory so I can try hammer it on the second one!
8.5km trail run sounds quite a bit more enjoyable, with a tough hill and what sounds like pleasant trails. We will see!
Goal? As with most of my races this year, I don't really have a specific goal in mind. This was going to be an "A" race but I haven't done the swimming to really get it there, so I'm just going to try have fun. Last year I did their duathlon and did pretty OK, 6th out of 25. This time - don't drown in the swim, pick up some places in the bike, and then let it all hang out in the run!