I have finally figured out a preliminary race schedule for 2012. In 2011 I only did three races including Ironman Wisconsin. The plan this year is to put more races on the docket thus forcing me to get in shape earlier in the year to avoid embarrassment. Embarrassment is a big motivator and so is whopping up on specific individuals. (You know who you are)
The first couple races of the year will be in January and February. The Chilly Cheek Duathlon series takes place rain, snow or shine and encompasses four miles of running and ten miles of biking. It is early in the season and hopefully will provide me a little incentive to work on my running. I will also need to be ready to ride either my mountain bike or road bike depending on conditions. I am hoping to convince a few people to join me in these races.
In April I have scheduled the Platte River Half Marathon. I have never run a stand alone half marathon so this should be a good indicator of my early season fitness. I have also heard from a number of people that this is a great race.
On May 5 is the Spartan Race. This is a five mile obstacle course at Fort Carson military base. This race concerns me a little since it is going to require some strength and agility. I plan on hitting some weights and doing some crossfit the first few months of the year to hopefully get me ready for the race. I do not want to muscle up but would love to improve my upper body strength. I am also trying to get a team from my work or friends together to compete. The Barking Dog Duathlon is a 5k/30k/5k race which I did last year and is scheduled for May 12. I really enjoyed the race because of the friendly atmosphere. I came in 3rd place in the Clydesdale division of the sprint last year. Hopefully I will not qualify for that division in 2012. I believe this will also be my wife's first race of the season.
June 9 is the first major race of the year with Kansas 70.3. The plan is for a group of us to do this race. It will be fun racing and beating the people I train with. (Yes Doreen..you are my motivator) June 24 is Xterra Curt Gowdy in Wyoming. The Xterra is an off road race which includes mountain biking and trail running. I was very hesitant to put this race on the schedule because Kansas is only two weeks prior. I am going to have to get some mountain bike riding in early in the season which will take away from my road bike. I actually think this will be beneficial. I tend to get my heart rate in the red zone a lot easier mountain biking then on my road bike. I plan on using the mountain bike training to get my "intervals" in. My friend Christy has also promised to help me get ready for this race since she will also be competing.
In July my race will be either Racine 70.3 on July 15 or the Door County Half-Ironman on July 22. Racine is my hometown and I did the race last year and loved it. It would be great to race the course again and gauge my fitness. However, I have heard great things about Door County and it would be nice to visit that part of Wisconsin. I guess this decision will be based upon which week works best for vacation.
The last race I have scheduled is September 9, 2012..Ironman Wisconsin. I have a goal time in mind for this year. I will share that at a later date. There are numerous other races in Colorado this year and I may do a sprint or olympic in early August or even the end of July. There is another Xterra Race near my home on August 4, 2012, Xterra Indian Peaks. Also, the new HITS race series is in Colorado the end of July which includes all distances of races.
Overall I think my race schedule is solid. I am really looking forward to racing with people I know and sharing the experience. I am also looking forward to scheduling my wife's races this year. She has taken an interest in the sport and plans on doing a few sprints and possibly an olympic this year. I am also looking forward to getting some miles on my mountain bike. I totally neglected it last year. If there are any other races that you recommend or have input on the races I have scheduled please let me know. Hope everyone's Christmas season is going well.
Also make sure that you tell all your friends and family how much you care about them at this time of the season as well as all year long. As I write this my mother is again in ICU in Wisconsin fighting the complications of her cancer and the stroke she had 20 years ago. I will be leaving for Wisconsin shortly to be with her and the rest of my family to celebrate Christmas. Remember the true reason this season is great and that the memories you make and share with loved ones are far more precious and everlasting then any gifts.