I am an endurance athlete, through and through. I truly do not like the 5K distance, mainly because it hurts but also because I usually need a few miles to get into my groove. I thought about "retiring" from the 5K distance, but we have a race that we do every year that I actually enjoy.
I have this feeling that I am going to love running my 50K (as long as there isn't snow on the ground, of course). Yes, it will hurt. Yes, I will probably swear to (not AT) Isaac (who is pacing me). But I know me, and I know when I cross the finish line I am going to want more. It may be another 50K or it may be that potential 50 miler I am thinking about doing in November.
So as much fun as training for a few 70.3s and doing SOS Triathlon is going to be this year, I am already thinking about which "Ironman" we are going to do in 2016.
The top contenders so far are:
Challenge (formerly Rev3) Cedar Point 140.6
While this race isn't an Ironman event, I believe that Challenge provides almost the same, if not the same, amount of support at their events for a third or half of the cost of an Ironman event. Another bonus is that our friend, Eric, may do this race with us as well!
The one con with this race is its timing. Fall isn't the best time for me to miss a few days of work, but I would figure something out!
This is a new race this year, but the distance from our house is driveable and it looks like the location is really pretty. It is a "tough" course, but what Ironman isn't tough? We've done tough before and we can do it again!
Other than it being more expensive, the only other con for this race is again the date for me because of my work schedule.
Ironman Mont Tremblant
We are going to spectate this race this year, so after seeing it in action we may just want to take the plunge and do this race! Again, it isn't too far of a drive for us and the location is really pretty. Also, of the three this one's date works the best for me and work.
So there you have it, those are the three top contenders right now. I may completely change my mind though, who knows!