2012 is going to be a fun year for triathlons for me, but I'm going to admit, I wasn't even sure there was going to be a 2012 race season.
After tackling Ironman Texas in May, my feelings on racing were all over the place. Part of the fun in training for me was to see if I could go further. It was the excitement of the unknown. Will I be able to finish my first Olympic distance? My first 70.3? My first Ironman?
So, being the endurance junkie that I am, I decided to sign up for a double marathon. That's taking place on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. As, I've mentioned before that punches my ticket to be an official member of the Marathon Maniacs at the Iridium Level. Whoot!
But, it still left me questioning where I was going with the rest of my season.
I thought a lot about what I wanted out of racing and decided that really wanted to be able to do some new races in different areas (but not too far from home- the road trip from Texas to the USAT Age Group Nationals in Vermont was amazing, but maybe something like that every other year.)
The 70.3 distance really seems to suit my strengths and is more manageable for training for me. So, my (tentative) big goal is to qualify for the Redman/ Halfmax Long Course National Championships in Oklahoma City at Ironman New Orleans.
However, if for some reason I can swing it, I would quickly drop that to race the REV3 Cedar Point (Full!), which just happens to be on my birthday! There's also a full distance in Kerrville, TX in October. That could work. ;) I would do another full in a heartbeat. But, we'll see. I think the smart plan is to stick on getting faster and stronger at the 70.3 distance.
So, here's what I have on the list, so far:
12/31- New Year's Double 26.2
1/1- New Year's Double 26.2
2/26- Cowtown Half Marathon
4/22- Ironman New Orleans 70.3
6/24- Ironman Buffalo Springs 70.3 (tent.)
8/5- Ironman Boulder 70.3
(I am so excited that I am going to get to race this with my cousin, Julie-
Her first Half Iron!)
9/22- Redman - Halfmax Long Course National Championships (70.3)
12/2- White Rock Marathon
What do you think? Go for another full? Stick with the 70.3's? Drop all the triathlons and go after running a 100-miler? Ok. Strike that last one, for now....
- Shannon (IronTexasMommy)
- Denton County, Texas, United States
- A 2x Ironman triathlete and 100-mile ultramarathon finisher. Continuing to chase ultra-endurance event finishes while working full-time and raising a vivacious 6-year old. I completed my first 140.6 race at Ironman Texas in May 2011 and my first 100- mile ultramarathon at Cajun Coyote in LA in December 2013.
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