As I sit here watching the updates on Ironman Lake Placid and cheering on many friends via internet (and getting goosebumps seeing my friend Suzy LEAD the women's pro race), all I can think about is:
"When is it MY turn to race?!?!?" :)
I had this same thought last weekend as well as I "watched" those racing in Racine, Vineman and Lake Stevens.
I may have been a bit on the conservative side to wait 5 weeks post CdA to race (and to start with an Olympic vs a half) but hey, live and learn right? Now I know!
Soooooo...finally next weekend it will be my turn! I am racing a 5i50 in Columbus, OH! Now, somewhere in the midst of getting crushed by many a short course star at the Columbia 5i50 earlier this year, I remember rethinking my decision to EVER do another one. I learned quickly that competing in short courses races as a pro against the girls that specialize in short course racing is a...*wee* bit of a challenge. But hey, face your fears right? :) And really, I have nothing to lose. Columbus should be a fast, fun course and I'm REALLY looking forward to racing again! WOOT! :)
After Columbus, I have the following races planned:
August 11th - 5K open water swim race (no idea why I thought this was a good idea)
August 12th - North Park Sprint (local race with a prize purse!)
August 19th - Steelhead 70.3 (site of my very first 70.3 - I can't wait to return!)
September 30th - Poconos 70.3 or Augusta 70.3 (not yet decided)
October 28th - Austin 70.3 (hook 'em horns?)
November 18th - Ironman Arizona (why not, everyone else does!)
That's the plan anyway! So here we go - Rookie Pro Season Part II underway! :)