Do you want to know what time you're going to finish in an event?
We often ponder this question, particularly when we're doing something new. We want to know, "What time will I finish?"
The best way to find out is to do a time trial. Run a mile split. Swim 500 yards. Time yourself riding a specific distance. Do the appropriate math and you'll have a good idea of what your time will be. Keep in mind, fatigue will slow down your pace as you multiply your distances.
This blog entry from Feet Meet Street reminded me of the value of a time trial. Not only is it a good tool to use to gauge your time, it also serves as a great training "stress test".
Time trials are a great variation to your routine, so give one a try soon.