After a frustratingly slow and lackluster run this morning in the cold and snow, I needed something to pick me up and give me hope. So I sat down and finalized my schedule for the year, mostly. I am still undecided as to which 1/2 Ironman I am going to do, but I have narrowed it down to two. This actually made me feel much better just knowing that there is SOMEthing out there to look forward to except more snow. This year’s schedule is a balance. Since I spent a lot of money on my new bike, that depleted my funds to do higher profile events or travel a great deal. Also, work demands, training time, family time and other associated costs limit my ablility to do several races a month so I had to be choosy.
- April 3- Max Trax Duathlon, Columbia
- May 2- Trizou Triathlon, Columbia
- June 5- Hospital Hill Half Marathon
- June 26- Quartermax Triathlon, Innsbrook
- July 17- Evergreen Triathlon, Bloomington, Il
- *August 22– Pigman Half Ironman, Cedar Rapids, IA
- *September 5– Great Illini Half Ironman, Matoon, Il
- *September 12– NEMO Triathlon, Kirksville
Of the last threee, I will probably only do one, depending on which half I choose to do. If I do Pigman, I will do NEMO. If I do Great Illini, that will probably be it.
Unless the club can pull out miracle arrangements for travel and lodging, it is, unfortunately, not realistic for me to go to nationals this year. I don’t have the money and it wouldn’t be fair to my family to go alone. With airfares hovering around $450 each X 4, plus transfers, hotel, food, etc., the cost would be way to much for us ($3000) so my season may end September 12. I may do Roots and Blues since I will be home that weekend (October 2).
Next year (2011) I may be able to do a few more events since I’m not breaking the bank on equipment, but I have to survive this one first! I’m already nervous about the half ironman!