Having taken the plunge, I find myself with a large amount of enthusiasm. I have been thinking, and plotting, and planning, not only for myself, but the new half Iron trainee.
I'm thinking that four races next year will be just about right. I want to do a half Ironman in May, help me build my base. The Rev3 triathlon in Knoxville is very enticing on two accounts. It meets MY need to do a half-iron, AND it meets Dee Dee's need to do an international distance tune up race for Eagleman. I'm going to use the Beast of the East half Iron distance race in Hiawassee as my back up, just in case I don't get registered in time. Rev3 is on par with WTC as far as cost goes, and Hiawassee is much much cheaper.
In June, I'll be back out at Callaway Gardens doing my favorite sprint. This one always sells out. I need to get registered for it by the end of the year, if that's the plan.
Come September, I'm thinking I'll go back to the South Carolina half. Augusta is very tempting, but again, cost is a factor, and I'm saving all my nickels and dimes for Arizona. The Ironman, after all, is the most important race of the season.
I'm sure I'll toss in a few road races (Hotlips Hustle), and that should pretty much do me for the year. I've already started jotting down my ideas for mine and Dee Dee's annual training plan. She mentioned wanting to do Iron Girl two weeks after Eagleman. I'm all for it, but I'm a little concerned that she will not be properly recovered.
The way I see it, I need to get started training on Monday. I want to build a nice base through the winter, and I just might still do that marathon in January. Haven't really decided yes or no. If I am to do it, then I need to do a long run of 16-18 miles this weekend.
Dee Dee and I and the kids are headed to Mobile this evening, for the first time in years! Everybody have a great Thanksgiving!!