Where the challenge sometimes came up is from my wife. As many of us in a couple know, sometimes your spouse doesnt really see eye to eye with your race schedule. My wife would always ask me "why do you have to go away", "why do you have to go away with Leo", and more importantly, "where are the races that I can come to where I can enjoy the location". I completely understand where she is coming from. Not being a racer, she doesnt understand why I want to do sooooo many races every year. And she never understands why I dont pick locations that she can come to and she can sit on a beach and ordering a strawberry daiquiri. Her list of races she wants me to do include Kona, Miami, California, Costa Rica, Cozumel, and then some. Can you see a trend? They all include places where we can vacation there before or after the race. As of now, I haven't indulged my wife in doing any of these races. But, I promise, in the near future, we will.
When we found out that we were pregnant, I knew I couldnt pick so many races for 2013. I was going to have to adjust to being a dad, my training might start to slack a little, and life was about to different. I only had one definite race scheduled for 2013, and needed to plan for the rest of the year. I qualified for the Boston Marathon in April, so we knew that was on the books, but here is what I'm planning to do in 2013.
Boston Marathon- April 15th, 2013- "A" race
|Every runner wants one of these|
Either way, I cant wait for Boston and know that this is my A marathon for the year and Im going to enjoy it, BQ or not.
Red Bank Sprint Triathlon- May 19th, 2013, Red Bank, NJ
Red Bank Sprint
I believe that for every A race triathlon, everyone should do at least 2 prep races for it. Count them as a B or C race, or count them as a prep race. Either way, they should be a lot shorter and build distances closer to your "A" race. In this case, my "A" triathlon is in August, so I need to start building my base after Boston. Since this race is only a month after Boston, it should serve as a nice eye opener for me on what I need to work on for August.
Distance- 1/3 mile swim, 15 mile bike, 5k run.
The run part should be easy for me so I'll look to push it during the run, but I want to see where my swim, and bike is at this point. And more importantly, work on my transitions with the Flying mount on my bike.
|Let's hope I dont eat it!!|
Another reason I chose this race is because the area was devastated by Hurricane Sandy, and I know they can use all the support they can get. I ran the Long Branch Triathlon a few years ago and the course was great. I can only expect the same thing from this race.
KIC Triathlon- Olympic Distance- June 29th, 2013, Stamford, CT
This one was fairly easy to choose. The race itself is 20 minutes from where I grew up, pretty close to where I live now, so it wont require any overnight travel. I can always stay at my parents house so I can keep cost down, which is really nice. I wont feel bad leaving my wife and baby since they will be with me and can come to support me during the race. If not, Riley can always visit Grandma and Grandpa for the day.
Distance- .9 mile swim, 24.8 mile bike, 6.2 mile run
As you can see, my distances are starting to get longer and stretch me out.
This race also serves a great cause. It raises money for children struggling with abuse and neglect. No child should ever have to go through that, so anything that I can do to support the cause, I will.
Rev 3 Maine Half Iron Triathlon- August 25th, 2013, Old Orchard Beach, ME- "A" Triathlon
Here's the race I really wanted to do all year. I wanted to build up to the Iron distance for 2014, so I figured let 2013 be the year for the Half Iron distance. Rev3 has received a lot of great reviews over the past year due to their dedication to the sport. While we all know the brand Ironman, other race organizations have come on the scene and done great things. Rev3 brings it back to the basics. They put on a great race, and allow the races and families to enjoy the events, and they actually care about the people. This is a far cry from some race organizations that just put on a race to make money.
|How can you not want to save this medal?|
And not, to mention, this race has an awesome finishers medal and great swag. great swag
Distance- 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike, 13.1 mile run
Still looking for any Fall or Winter races- suggestions definitely welcome. Maybe a half marathon, another Olympic triathlon?
So there it is. A little long winded, but I had to think about this year's races more than years past, so I wanted to go through my thought process as to why I chose these races.