It’s the time of year when triathletes in the northern hemisphere start thinking about next year’s race season (our friends in the southern hemisphere are in the thick of their season now). Like many of you, I have started thinking about my race schedule for next year.
There’s a lot to think about.
How many races should I do? Should I go “long” again and do a iron-distance race? What would happen to me if I tried to race two half iron races in one month? How much of this will my wife approve? (That may actually be the most important question).
I tend to be really ambitious in my race desires at the beginning of the season – and then life intervenes and causes me to pare down the list. Take this year, for example. When I drafted out my 2011 schedule, I had wanted to run 2 half marathons, a 15k road race, a marathon, two sprint tri’s, two Olympic tri’s, and a half-iron tri. Of that schedule, I didn’t do one of the sprint tri’s, the 15k, or either of the half-marys. Life simply got in the way.
Not that I’m disappointed. In fact, I’d rather aim big and accomplish some of the list than only have a few races on the schedule and not be able to do them.
So….what am I thinking for next year? Again, another full year. I’d like to accomplish the following
- three half marathons (one in the spring, two in the late fall)
- a 15k (the Gate River Run in Jacksonville)
- Two Olympic distance triathlons
- Two (maybe three) half-iron distance triathlons
- One FULL-IRON distance tri. There. I’ve done it and laid out that as my #1 target for next year.
I’m planning on a heavy-dose of Rev3 races; I’m particularly excited for the Rev3 race in Sarasota next October. I love that part of the state, and I’m really excited to race there for the first time. More exciting news forthcoming about this particular race and how I’ll be involved.
So….what’s on your schedule for next year? Do you subscribe to the same logic that I do regarding thinking big and canceling as needed? Am I biting off too much to chew next year?