After talking it over with my tri coach, Craig Strong (definitely a good name for a coach), I’ve decided that this year I will try to get myself ready to compete in a Half-Ironman race. Okay, that was a really passive sentence – probably because I’m wondering if my body will hold up for the longer distances. Also because I’m recalling my son’s efforts in the Steelhead Half-Ironman last summer where he spent some of his six hours face down on the course trying to uncramp his legs.
May 16, 2010 Tempe International Tempe, AZ (International Distance)
I’m going to leave my Tri bike in Arizona after Lake Havasu (at my sister’s house) and I’ll train with my other bike. Then I won’t to have the hassle and expense of shipping the bike to Arizona twice.
June 6, 2010 Keuka Lake Triathlon Keuka Lake, NY (International Distance)
I competed here last year and the water temp was 58 degrees. That was not pleasant, but I bought thermal socks and a thermal swim cap and it wasn’t unbearable, so I need to give it another shot. This is one of my Visit Mom and Race trips.
July 11, 2010 Musselman Triathlon Geneva, NY (Half-Ironman!!!!)
This will be first attempt at a Half-Ironman and my second trip home to visit Mom. She loves to have me visit because I’m so helpful around the house. That’s sort of an inside joke.
July 13 to 25th Sewanee’s Writer’s Conference Somewhere in Tennessee
Last year I went to the Squaw Valley Writer’s Conference. They put us up in private ski lodge houses. Really nice. Sewanee is that the University of the South and we stay in dorms. That part doesn’t thrill me.
July 31, 2010 Steelhead Half-Ironman Benton Harbor, MI (Half-Ironman)
This is a qualifying race for Foster Grant 70.3 National Championships in Florida. To qualify I will have to finish Steelhead in under six hours. That’s not impossible, but it will take a lot of training. We’ll see.
August 8, 2010 Lake Dunsmore Triathlon Salisbury, VT (International Distance)
I probably won’t compete in this race, but if I somehow end up going to Breadloaf this race is two miles from there and two days before the conference starts, so it is a possibility. I would drive here from my Mom’s place – that’s 250 miles.
August 11th to 21st Breadloaf Writer’s Conference Middlebury, VT
Probably won’t be going here.
September 19, 2010 Syracuse Half-Ironman Syracuse, NY (Half-Ironman)
This would be my third trip back to New York and will qualify me for Son of the Year awards. This race is also a qualifier for the National championships.
November 13, 2010 Foster Grant 70.3 World Championship Clearwater, FL
I like the idea of having something to aspire to that is in Florida in November.
Note: 70.3 is the distance in miles covered in miles in the Half-Ironman (I think)
This is all subject to change.