The test protocol was changed today at my request. It didn't yield results that were accurate (proving once again that The limited knowledge that I have in regards to the technical aspects of this methodology is counter balanced only by my ability to execute it..) and the numbers were obviously wrong. At 5:39 pace per mile my blood lactate levels were at 2.9 which I know is wrong (it should be lower- closer to 2.0). But- the good news is that the test was wrong and it STILL indicates I can reach my goal. My goal pace on Sunday will be 5:40 per mile in the worst case scenario. 5:25 pace in the best case, that's if I feel good and execute my race strategy.. and of course if I can stay tough when it counts.
There is going to come a moment in the race that I will want (and think that I NEED) to slow down. The decision I make, the choice that I make, at that moment will determine my finish time. If I choose to slow down then I will regret it. If I stay tough then I will reach or even go beyond my goal. It's kind of scary to know that I will need to make that decision- that there is 100% certainty that it is going to hurt so much that I may be willing to compromise a goal I have worked so hard for. I think I am tough. I think I can persevere. But on Sunday there will be that moment that I may realize that I am not what I think I am. This is what Mark Allen talked about- the Ironman strips you down and reveals who you really are... unfortunately I'm not racing an Ironman but I do appreciate the severity of the task and I hope for that same chance. What an amazing opportunity!