My triathlon year isn’t quite over yet, but I’ve begun to think about what I want to do with the next one. At the same time, the hockey year is just beginning.
The wait has been so long, the summer so sad and empty without hockey in my life.
In just 2 days, I return to our “winter home” to scream and yell until I lose my voice through many NHL games. The indoor temperature counts as icing my legs too, right?
Oh, how I can’t wait to see you, Douglas Built-Like-A-Tree-Trunk Hit-Me-And-YOU-Fall-Down Murray, and all your teammates…
Whoops, I went off on a tangent there, didn’t I?
Anyway. In addition to getting excited about hockey season, I’ve been playing around with a racing schedule for next year. Coach suggested, and I agree, that the year after Ironman is a good time to work on getting speed back in shorter distances. Now that I’ve started working it out, I’m super excited to do mostly sprint/Oly races and improve my performance!
Right now – and this could change at any time and especially after formal consultation with the ELF – I’m thinking next year could look something like this…
March: Mermaid 5K (Momma needs a new 5K PR).
April: Vineman Showdown sprint tri. I have a bone to pick with this race after how it went this year.
May: Rev3 Olympic tri (Momma needs a new Oly PR) with a bunch of my camp/blogger buddies and maybe the Morgan Hill Sprint Triathlon (especially if Macca does it again this year).
June: Maybe the Mermaid sprint tri?
July: The camp/blogger ladies are doing Vineman 70.3 and making a big trip out of it. I’ve done this course two years in a row and…the thought of doing it again actually makes me queasy right now. I wonder if I can instead sign on to be the best sherpa/spectathlete/designated driver ever and hang out with them the whole weekend and they won’t be mad at me?
August: Santa Cruz sprint tri? I swore off ocean races after my first year but maybe I’m ready to do one again.
October: SOMA 1/2 iron distance in Tempe. I did the 1/4 iron race here in my first year (I tried to quit the swim in the first 100 yds and the kayaker wouldn’t let me). I think now, with how far I’ve come, I would really enjoy the 1/2.
So that’s where I’m at for the moment… Can you tell it’s a rest day and I’ve had too much time to think? Back to work hard tomorrow!