Happy last day of 2013, friends! Have fun (and be safe!) celebrating tonight.
Speaking of 2014, t-minus one week until structured training begins—yikes and woohoo! Before Thanksgiving, my team held a meeting to identify potential races (both short- and long-course ones) and get a rough idea of which distances folks want to race. So far, I’ve registered for only two (South Beach Triathlon in April and USAT Age Group Nationals in August), and the list below includes some contenders.
South Beach Triathlon
Date: Sunday, April 6
Distance: Classic (0.5-mile ocean swim, 19-mile bike, 4-mile run)
Well, duh, of course I’ll do the race again! This was my first swim-bike-run event with Full Throttle Endurance, and I had a blast! Also, since training begins in January, it will be nice (read: motivating) to have an early-season race on the calendar. Like last year, I signed up for the classic distance, and I can’t wait to use my Slice on the bike course. I’ll also be going after that run with a vengeance.
Date: Sunday, June 1
This one’s on my radar. Everyone seems to rave about Rev3 events, and plus, I’ve heard this is one of the toughest Olympic-distance courses in the country (as is its 70.3 race). So why wait to pull the trigger? …
Date: Saturday, June 7
Distance: Olympic (one-mile swim, 22-mile bike, 6.2-mile run)
… because Montauk was so much fun last year! The course itself left a lot to be desired, but that’s mostly due to Hurricane Andrea rolling in and causing some damage. Like SoBe, I want to take on this race with another year of training and see how much I can improve—especially on the bike. Even though I’m young enough to get away with racing back-to-back weekends, I know my performance at both will be affected negatively; it’s about quality, not quantity.
Date: Saturday, June 14
Distance: Olympic (one-mile swim, 25-mile bike, 6.2-mile run)
Here’s another new one. I haven’t heard too much about this race, but since it takes place in Connecticut, the course probably contains a ton of hills.
Date: Sunday, June 22
Another great race from 2013! Even though the bike course KICked my butt, I loved the atmosphere; as a charity race, this event had more of a fun, laidback vibe, and plus, the volunteers were awesome. Not to mention this tri constitutes a day-trip (as opposed to a weekend away) for NYCers, which is a huge plus. Honestly, I’d do this race again simply because I can sleep in my own bed (#realtalk).
So this is an interesting one. It’s a Full Throttle Endurance-sponsored race in Connecticut, but it didn’t occur last year. My coach argues this is one of the hardest sprints in the country (“The run course is brutal!”), so if the race takes place, then I’m in. Plus, I could not find another short-course event in July.
Date: Sunday, July 13
No, I’m not making the jump up to the 70.3 distance yet, but a few of my coworkers are looking for a July half-Ironman. If this works for everyone, then I’ll head back to my old college stomping grounds and play Sherpa for the weekend.
Date: Sunday, July 27
No plans to touch the 140.6 distance for another 10 years, but I will go back to Placid and Sherpa for my teammate; she’s tackling her first Ironman!
Date: Sunday, August 3
Even though I obtained an automatic entry after what happened, I did not register; “The Big Dance” is the following week, and my coach basically forbade me from doing both. However, I will be there in full force to Sherpa, volunteer, and cheer for coworkers and teammates—should be a great time!
USAT Age Group Nationals – Milwaukee
Date: Saturday, August 9
Hands down, this will be my “A” race for 2014. Last year, I approached this event with a laidback attitude; I wanted to soak everything in, savor the experience, and let race-day happenings fall where they may. The game plan will be different in 2014. I know what to expect, I know the competition will be stiff, and I know I’ll feel like I belong. And I cannot wait to attack the course with another year of training. Bring it on!
Date: Sunday, August 17
Another half-Ironman, another opportunity to be a Sherpa. I will eventually make the jump, promise!
Date: TBA (September 14, 2013)
Distance: Sprint (0.5-mile swim, 15-mile bike, 5-mile run)
One last hoorah before calling it a season? Sign me up!
Have you finalized your 2014 race calendar yet? How many times do you plan to race?