Who never wants to hear me talk about the Myrtle Beach Marathon, and my hemming and hawing about a possible faster-than-sub-4-hours time goal, ever again?
Luckily, it will be over in eight days (WHAT?), and then I’ll move on to the rest of the season.
The rest of the season? I mean, folks, it’s only February. This is the cool thing about a triathlon season with an ironman in it, a marathon is just the beginning. So what else will you be hearing me babble about? Without further suspense, I present: my 2013 racing calendar.
February 16: Myrtle Beach Marathon (Myrtle Beach, SC). Where the sub-4 magic, and possibly the sub-3:55 magic, is going to happen.
February 24: DC Tri Club swim meet (Washington, DC). The only place in the world that you can race a 400 yard and 800 yard freestyle. I pointed out that these aren’t real swim events, the organizers pointed out that triathletes are scared of ZOMG SWIMMING 500 OR 1000 WHOLE YARDS. I gave up and registered for a fun meet anyway.
March 2: Maryland Masters Swim Meet (Catonsville, MD). A chance to swim PROPER swim distances. I love the 500 free, and will swim that, along with the 200 back, which will shame me into working more at the pool.
April 20: TryCharleston Half Ironman (Charleston, SC). After just barely missing a sub-6 hour race last season, I’m going back with Rachel and Karen to realize the dream. Flat course, generally favorable weather, and swimming in a lake with gators. Winning all around.
May 18: Casa River Century (Martinsburg, WV). Hills. Just like there will be in Mont Tremblant in August. A nice chance to practice putting out relatively even power over a rolling course and check my bike fitness as ironman training gets underway.
May 26: McDonnell Two Mile Lake Swim (Reston, VA). Open water practice, and a chance to hang with my DCRP teammates. I might do the one mile swim, too, but since the 5k isn’t an option this year, there will be no repeat of the triple dip. Boo.
June 9: Great Chesapeake Bay 4.4 Mile Swim (Stevensville, MD). Notice all the swim events this winter and spring? Yeah. They provide intermediate motivation to work my butt off in the pool so that I can put in a good performance here. I swore for years that I’d never do this, but somehow changed my mind this fall. Mostly because I wanted an excuse to “have” to swim thousands upon thousands of yards a week. Swimming, glorious swimming.
July 13: Diamond in the Rough “Olympic” Distance Triathlon (Perryville, MD). This race has a super-hilly bike course, and will provide a good chance to race hills prior to Ironman Mont Tremblant without totally derailing my training. It’s a 1500 meter swim – 27 mile bike – 5 mile run that will give me a good fitness check, but won’t require a lot of rest before or after. Add that it’s close to home, and it’s just about perfect, despite the odd distances.
August 18: Ironman Mont Tremblant (Mont Trembland, QC). The biggie, dictating all season decisions. The reason that I have few races in June and July. The reason I will be biking many hills. The reason I will work relentlessly all year.
September 8: Nations Triathlon (Washington, DC). The dumbest of dumb ideas – racing 3 weeks after an ironman. Except for the fact that I think I can qualify for 2014 Age Group Nationals from this race, which I’m eager to do because that race is taking place in my nominal hometown of Milwaukee, WI.
October 12: Baltimore Half Marathon (Baltimore, MD). Fitness check on the way to a fall marathon. I know people hate this race. So, if you have a better idea for a mid to late October half marathon in the mid-Atlantic, shoot it my way.
November 24: Philadelphia Marathon (Philadelphia, PA). Big bad time goal TBD following Myrtle Beach.
And that’s that. Who’s going to be with me at these races? Let’s hang out!