I am feeling very organized this year because I’ve actually gone and entered all of my M-dot races already, here in January. Soooo I thought I’d share my schedule as it stands for the first big chunk of the season. I have some fun things in mind to do after Ironman Wisconsin, but that feels so far away that it all seems much too hypothetical to even discuss at this point.
For now, here’s my tentative schedule for the better part of 2013 and thoughts on these race selections.
Ironman Los Cabos, March 17: Early-season ironman in North America= good timing and minimal travel. I haven’t raced an ironman since September, which is practically an eternity in my world, so this one is a no-brainer.
Leadman Triathlon Tempe, April 14: Just down the road. I can count on less than one hand the number of money races that we have in Arizona, so this one is a nice addition to our local schedule.
Ironman Texas, May 18: This one makes a perfect double with Ironman Brasil. The timing and travel work well as it breaks up the trip east and, well, I just love racing ironmans on back-to-back weekends. It works for me.
Ironman Brasil, May 26: This will be my 7th time racing in Florianopolis. I love this country and its people so much that I just have to make it a yearly trip!
Honu 70.3, June 1: I am not a huge fan of the half-ironman distance, but this race on the Big Island truly has a special “feel” about it. Plus, it gives me an excuse to get back to one of my favorite places in the world, the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows! The timing of this one is tricky, as it will make for 3 long-racing weekends in a row. But last year after my Ironman Wisconsin-Wales double, I actually felt alright the following weekend, so I got it in my head that I’d like to try some sort of “triple” someday . . .
Ironman Lake Placid, July 28: This is one of my favorite ironmans—a beautiful, hard course with fantastic support from the local community. I’d love to get back there, but this one will be the first to go if I find myself in need of an uninterrupted summer training block. I am hoping I can throw this one in the midst of summer training, but it will most likely be a game-time decision depending on how my fitness looks in July!
Ironman Mt. Tremblant, August 18: I was super bummed to miss this race last year and have heard nothing but great things about the race venue and organization. As an added bonus, Mt. Tremblant is a big-money race this year too. I’m not missing it this time!
Ironman Wisconsin, September 8: This week is pretty much why I race.