pre-race email from the coach:

Remember, sprints HURT if you're doing it right! A "violent" effort is what you're aiming for!

my answer:

this sunday's triathlon may be the smallest and shortest i've raced in yet. it will definitely be interesting to see how things go. unofficially, i'm gunning to win my age group and top-5 overall. maybe podium? we'll see. i tend to be overly ambitious with expectations at the start and then see where things pan out.

finally, taper time is killing me. cannot wait to race this sunday and bring on the race ruthlessness... almost as much as jane from the show happy endings (above). fired up!