I am feeling very good these days and the workouts I have been doing have helped to instill confidence that I have executed a good program. My legs feel fresh and strong and currently I am feeling very relaxed and have somewhat of a race day plan mapped out in my head. One of the unfortunate things about all the indoor training is the lack of ability to really do a dry run at the transitions. I would have liked to have tried a couple of swim to bike transitions as getting out of a wet, wetsuit is different than just doing a dry run. The advantage at the race is that there are "strippers" there to help you and once you know the routine it can be fairly quick. When I get to Tempe on Friday prior to the race I will have a chance to do an open water swim or two which will help the confidence as well.
Race day temperatures are probably my biggest concern right now. The weather has been warm in Arizona lately with day time highs hitting around 28 C. That, for me, is a problem. I don't have a very good thermostat and I tend to overheat. Extreme attention to hydration and the electrolyte balance will be crucial. And of course, with the heat you have to make the proper adjustments to pace. Take it out too hard and there is a good chance you will be a laying in the fetal position on the side of the road. Patience and taking what the day gives you will be the principles to follow.
Friday I brought the bike into the shop in the city and had a complete stem to stern check up. New tires, tubes and tapes as well as a few minor brake and cable adjustments and I am good to go. The new tires are Fortezza Quattro tri comp and are extremely durable so punctures should not be a problem.