First, thanks so much for all your kind comments on my last blog entry! I was expecting the worst but got the best. Now I know I'm not done talking about my faith, but for now, we'll move to another topic...
Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy, oh boy!
I *think* I finally have a race schedule put together. Well, more like 1/3rd of a race schedule. I've divided the racing season into 3rds this year and I've only gotten as far as to figure out the first 1/3. But boy was it harder than I thought! One great thing about racing as a pro is that you don't have to sign up for races year(s) in advance, but one down side is, you don't have to sign up for races year(s) in advance! So because you CAN hem and haw about it, you do. Well at least I did.
Anyway, the races (up until the end of June):
February 11 - Hilton Head half marathon (yeah!)
February 26 - CMU swim mile (double yeah!)
March 31 - Oceanside 70.3
April 22 - New Orleans 70.3
May 20 - Columbia Olympic
June 24 - IMCdA
I'm bummed I couldn't make Eagleman work this year. I was going to do it and then I wasn't and then I was and then I wasn't... Dirk finally said no to that one which is fine. It's only 2 weeks before IMCdA so it would have been tight anyway. I'm really excited to do IMCdA because I haven't done a non Kona (non 10,000 degrees) IM before! And I hear it's beautiful in Coeur d'Alene! And I don't mind cold water (that much). I of course had to do Columbia because I've done it the past 5 years and now it's a tradition. And a whole bunch of fun friends are doing New Orleans! And Oceanside? Well, I did that race in 2009 and LOVED it. Like really, really loved it. I signed up for it the next year but was hurt and couldn't go and then last year I WANTED to sign up for it but it closed before I got my butt in gear. So this is my year to return. And I like Oceanside for the reason that it's early and I always get REALLY anxious to race come March. (I'm actually anxious to race now but beyond going to Pucon, I didn't think there was a race I could do... :)
Now the only down side to this schedule is that I will not have my sherpa extraordinaire with me for my first two races! SAD CLOWN! But my sherpa seems to have a job and no more vacation days (dang Kona) and so I must go it alone. Luckily I have some really good people taking care of me in both Oceanside and NOLA so hopefully I'll survive! :)
So there you have it! Beyond June I'm not sure what is going to happen but I am hoping at least one other IM is involved (Arizona?) and also some Rev3 races. There are so many good choices, it's really hard to decide!
Hope everyone has a great weekend and stays warm! :)