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!
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?