It is official! I am now 12 weeks out from my first Olympic triathlon. Training begins today! I started off well with a track workout this morning (not in the plan) and tonight I’d do a 50 min bike ride!
To be honest I’m a little terrified of this race. When I signed up there was a cutoff but they have since added time cutoffs…
To ensure participant safety and minimize impact on the surrounding communities, the Baltimore Triathlon has established course cutoffs for the sprint and olympic races in coordination with the Baltimore County Police Department. All cyclists MUST be off of the road by 10:20 AM. This gives sprint participants approximately 2 hours and 20 minutes to complete the 750m swim, transition 1, and the 13.8 mile bike course (based on an 8:00 AM start); olympic participants have approximately 2 hours and 50 minutes to complete the 1500m swim and 25.5 mile bike segments (based on a 7:30 AM start). Olympic cyclists who have not reached the aid station (just after mile 12) by 9:20 AM will not be allowed to start the second bike loop. Race officials reserve the right to pull any participant from the course who is not making satisfactory progress on the course, or is considered a danger to themselves or others.
I think with the right training I will be able to make these times but still, it makes me nervous!