I have a racing schedule!
I’m sitting here chuckling to myself because three years ago I would have laughed out loud if anyone had suggested racing anything. Well, maybe not if the race entailed eating malt balls. Ha!
Then in August 2008 I did my first ever triathlon. And it was a doozy. 1 mile swim – 34 mile bike – 10 mile run. That puppy took me 5 hours and 50 minutes and I was so thankful to see the finish line. I did a sprint race a month later just have the pleasure of putting all that fitness to use again. And to not finish nearly last.
July 2009 I tackled my first cycling century. It was awesome. I did another sprint in September because I didn’t want a year to go by without doing a triathlon.
So this year I’m making a commitment to a real schedule. Starting with a small race and building up to a half ironman in July. I think it’s extra cool that the 1/2 IM I picked takes place the day after I turn 45 years old!
April 18 – Baby Ice Breaker Triathlon in Granite Bay (Sacramento)
This is a super sprint to kick off the season – I picked it because my good friend Vikki lives nearby and I’m hoping she’ll join me and get hooked on triathlon too!
200 yd swim – 6.5 mile bike – 2 mile run
May 16 – Morgan Hill Sprint Triathlon
I think this race attracts super fast folks but it’s sort of local for me and I like the idea of swimming in the UVAS Reservoir which is only opens for this one event. That plus it looks like a pretty setting! Very important consideration when picking a race, no?
3/4 mile swim – 16 mile mile – 5 mile run
June 5 – See Jane Run Half Marathon in Alameda
Since I’ll be tackling a half marathon in my half IM I thought it would be smart to give one a go in a race setting. And this one appealed to me with their “I run for chocolate and champagne” motto. That plus Clair is considering it too so I’ll have a friend!
13.1 mile run
June 27 – Golden Gate Triathlon – San Francisco
I’ve been wanting to do a race in SF but I’m not a huge fan of giant races with thousands of people. Nor am I interested in jumping off a boat in the bay near Alcatraz and swimming to shore. I’m not saying never, just not this year. So I was pleased as punch to find this race.
First off, how can you not love a race organizer called Tri Freaks? And then when I emailed them asking how many people would be in the race Stefan emailed right back and was super encouraging. Only 500 or so and they may have a wave just for novices who don’t want get run over. Nice!
1 mile swim – 22 mile bike – 6 mile run
July 31 – Barb’s Race in Santa Rosa
This is the big one for me! 70.3 miles of racing fun. I’m so stoked to be taking on this challenge! The best way I can think of to celebrate the passing of another year of living. Barb’s race is the women’s only version of the Vineman 70.3 race. From the site:
Barb’s Race is being held in honor of Barbara Recchia, a long-time Vineman volunteer and race committee member who has twice been faced with the daunting task of fighting cancer. Twice she has taken this challenge head-on and is currently living a full and healthy life.
1.2 mile swim – 56 mile bike – 13.1 mile run
A big giant thank you to Charisa for encouraging me and taking time to answer all of my novice questions which such openness. She’s a gem. And she’s fast. And she’s gone pro. Game on!