2006 Racing Season I get a
play out a dream season. My two "A" races are on April 17 (the third
Monday in April), and October 21 (the fourth Saturday in
October). I get to visit Mecca twice in one year.
2005 Racing Season
But races - now, the races are the whole reason I do this. If it were just for "fitness" sake, I could do without 1/3rd to 1/2 the amount of exercise. If it were for the exhiliration of swimming, or running, or biking, why I'd just do occaisional weekend forays, and leave it at that. If it were an obsession, or an addiction, I'd find one with more immediate gratification, which feels better when you're doing it. But racing - well, racing is where it's at for me. Two things stand out: competition, and stretching limits.
It's FUN to go as fast as I can, and, more important, to have trained for a certain speed, and then actually attain it. And then, to test yourself against other humans (men and women race together in this sport) raisies the stakes - peer pressure, even when silent, is an enormous motivator. And the frequent ribbon or medal for finishing or winning is a just reward.
So. I've decided on a Racing Diary for this Triathlon Year - which actually goes from November thru October. This is my fourth year at this sport, and I'll be branching out into swimming, running, and duathlon races, as well as triathlons of all lengths, and venues (on and off-road). My goals for the year? As always, a triathlete who goes the distance dreams of Kona - the Ironman World Championship in October on the Big Island. But one must qualify, and that is quite possible outside my reach now, but I think that maybe - just maybe, at Ironman USA in Lake Placid, July 28, I might have an outside shot. Then, there are two races I've got issues with from last year: Ironman Canada, where I walked instead of ran for about 1/3 the distance; and Xterra World Championships on Maui, where a flat tire, and my fumbling with it, cost me a podium finish (at the World Champioships for off-road triathlon!) And, I think I've got a 3:35 marathon in me, which would qualify for Boston in 2004. Plus, I'd like to get at least ONE first place finish this year (I had 2 firsts, 3 seconds, a third, three Ironman finishes, and a SIXTH place on Maui). One or two races a month is all my body can take, so let's hit the road!
November: Seattle Half-Marathon
December/January: Resolution Run 5K
January: Resolution Run 10K
February: Resolution Run 15K
March: Los Angeles Marathon
March: Resolution Run 20K
At this point, my angst over failing to even run the whole way in
LA, much less qualify for the Boston Marathon, led me to stop
documenting my agony. We pick up the pieces several years later (at the
top of this page)