Thursday, May 24, 2012

I Need to Stop Researching Races

Have you taken a look at our race schedule?  It's pretty full wouldn't you say?  We only have November and December to play with but we already, for the most part, know which races we are going to do. 

That's why I have to STOP researching races, but I can't help myself.

The other day, I was browsing Facebook and I happened to see this AMAZING triathlon!

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The Great Lakes 100 Mile Triathlon looks like the perfect warm-up to an Ironman!  Although, if Mike and I do the Ironman that we want to do (Lake Placid is now our back-up and Louisville is the front-runner), we would have to do this race in 2013 instead of 2014.  The best part about this race, in our opinion anyway, is that you get to run right by Thirty Mile Point Lighthouse.  This was the first lighthouse Bernie saw and where we gave him the name "Bernie the Lighthouse Dog".  

 Aww he was so little

I doubt that many people plan that far ahead, but for an Ironman I feel that it is necessary to have somewhat of a plan in place early.  It would be possible for us to do an Ironman next year but I would like to complete a few more triathlons first, including our first half-iron distance tri. 

So, hypothetically, what could part of our 2013/2014 calendar look like?

First Olympic Tri - Mighty Montauk, June 2013 (I may or may not have planted the seed in Jenny's head that she is doing this with us!)  Oh and look at that, we'd ride by the Montauk Point Lighthouse. 

 One of the MANY lighthouses we've seen

First Half-Iron distance Tri - Musselman Triathlon, July 2013 

First 100 Mile Tri - Great Lakes 100 Mile Triathlon, October 2013

Second (or third) Marathon - Mount Desert Island Marathon, October 2013 (see why I want to run this race, here)

First Ironman (yes I said first) - Ironman Louisville, August 2014 (I've already coerced Leah into being our supporter)  

Of course, this could all change and there will be PLENTY more races in addition to these.  However, our 2014 race season will probably be lighter than any other because we will be training so much.   

Do you (like Mike probably does) think I am crazy for planning this far ahead? 

30 comments:

  1. Yessssssss to Louisville!!! I'm going to start practicing my support skills now :)

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  2. I think you have to plan far ahead for a race that takes so much training. I sometimes need to stop myself from looking at races too. They all look like so much fun. But, with 2 kids, I need to reign it in a bit. Otherwise, I would be racing every weekend:) I am working on getting my boys as into racing as I am. They have done 2 races so far this year with me. So fun! Good luck on making your decisions:)

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    1. I agree, it is a big race so lots of planning involved :)

      I hope your sons get into racing, it is a lot of fun!

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  3. I need to stop researching too -- for the sheer fact that I can barely afford the races I'm already signed up for ;) for the rest of 2012! oops!

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    1. Races are definitely expensive! That's another reason the year we do our Ironman it will be lighter on races, it's an expensive race!

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  4. I think you guys could do Louisville next year. Last year was my first year doing tri's and I only did a handful of oly distance races. This year was my first 70.3 and well soon to be my first IM :)

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    1. I agree that we could definitely do it, and maybe we'll change our minds but the money factor is holding us back too. It's so expensive! Plus, I would love better bikes before we do our Ironman. We'll see, 2013 is a possibility though!

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  5. I always say COME TO AUSTIN!!! :-)

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    1. I would love to! I would need to come in December when it is cooler though or I would die because of the heat!

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  6. Seed planted and growing! ;) I just need to come spend a weekend in Rochester so you can critique my swimming and coach me to be better!
    Bernie!! <3
    I don't think you're crazy at all (you hear that Mike?) for planning far ahead. I do the same thing. My race schedule is already filling up for next year too! I like knowing what I've got to look forward to and also what I'll be training for and when. :)

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    1. Yay!! Come by anytime :)

      I know, isn't he so cute in that picture (even if you can't see his face)?

      I like to plan too! I'm definitely type A though, haha.

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  7. You're thinking of doing a 100 mile Triathlon, followed one week later by a Marathon..? Are you absolutely sure you've thought this all the way through..? :-)

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    1. Haha so someone did look at the dates! Things might change around :) Oh and MDI would definitely NOT be for time, it's too hilly!

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  8. Sounds like a fun race! I just actually counted my races for the year. I think I am doing about 10 and I try not to race during august and july since its so hot.

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    1. It does look fun!

      Oh yea, we had way more than 10 haha. We are racing twice in July and once (or twice but it would be with Bernie so it would be a walk/run) in August. Hopefully it's not too hot!

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  9. You are NOT crazy to book into the future or make a bucket list!!! :) I think you definitely need to do the race!

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    1. Thanks Jen!! I know, it looks AMAZING!!

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  10. I do that all the time with races! 100 miles is awesome and would probably be a great way to gear up for the ironman. But I also think if you could do 100, you could do the ironman so I almost think you shouldn't postpone the ironman and should just go for it in 2013! But I have no experience with triathlons so my advice isn't worth much haha.

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    1. I agree, if we can do 100 miles we can definitely do an Ironman. Uh oh... maybe we're going to do it next year!

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  11. LOL - I didn't put it together when I read the original post about the MDI Marathon, but we were THERE in 2010. We were staying at a B&B literally a block from the race start and were the only people in the place not there to run. Totally clueless back then about this stuff. We just were celebrating our 15th anniversary with a long trip up and down the SE coast of ME. It was so pretty (minus the nor'easter that rained buckets on us about 3/4 of the trip - thankfully not on the marathon day).

    And I don't think it is at all silly to plan so far in advance. I'd only recommend that you remain flexible as you don't know what life will bring you along the way.

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    1. Haha that's funny! Yea, I bet it was CROWDED with runners.

      We will definitely be flexible :) That's why it's a good thing you can't register for any of these races (in the years we want to do them) yet!

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  12. I always plan really far ahead for races so I think this sounds logical. I'm already checking out races for 2013 and running so many this year really gives a chance to figure out if I like small or large races and what distances I feel better running during what type of weather. All of your upcoming races sound really fun!

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  13. I definitely think it's wise to plan so far in advance, especially for races that take that much training! I'm a huge planner, too. It's so fun to check out all the options!

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  14. Hey girl! I am the same way about race planning. I have tons of them bookmarked!!!

    Also, I love reading your blog and enjoy your insight. I also can't wait to be your teammate in October. I just wanted to let you know I nominated you for the Pink Tree, or One Lovely Blog award! Details are on my page :) You are awesome!

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  15. I barely have my race schedule for this year, let alone 2013 and 2014! Looks great though, I'm hoping to bike the Erie Canal next summer, so maybe after that I'll start swimming and join you two for some tri's :)

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  16. I live on Cape Cod. I'll come down and cheer you on in Falmouth this fall!!!!!

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  17. I'm so glad I'm not the only one that plans so far ahead!

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