I start planning my race schedule a year or so in advance. I know this “may” seem OCD to some but there are a handful of races which I run each year, mostly because I like the course, or the race director (example: Palos Half Marathon that Mel from Running For Kicks organizes in May), or it’s a charity event, or it’s close to my mom’s house and gives me an “extra” reason to go for a visit. Whatever the reason, I certainly have my favorites and I will choose a small event over a big
expensive event each and every time. Therefore, I have never delved into real Ironman territory. I participated in an awesome 70.3 event, the Great Illini Challenge, in 2008 while I was trying for Mr. Michael but it was a generic version of the half “Ironman” distance and a fraction of the cost. I normally stay away from big name events where you pay for an after party, band, and/or the brand name, etc. with your entry fee. It’s just not my thing because I participate for the running/TRIing, not the party. However, as this year’s schedule plays out, I have paid for both an entry into a Rock N Roll event and now I am registered for the Ironman 70.3 Muncie.
In my defense, I got a super deal on the RnR Chicago event when I registered for it last November with a coupon code and as an early bird. As for the Ironman event, hey, that’s where my friends are going and I want to be there with them, and the timing/location is right. Plus, my one friend is a
kickass great biker, which is my weakest link, so I will just focusing on “trying” to catch her or if by chance I get out of the water first I will be pedaling my ass off fast trying to stay away from her! I know that she will still crush me on the bike but a little added incentive is worth the price tag. 🙂
Unfortunately, I had to nix a really GREAT race on my schedule to take part in the IM 70.3 Muncie. I gave up the Evergreen International TRI in Hudson, IL due to scheduling conflicts with family, run & other TRI events. This event is on July 14, 2012.
If you are available on July 14th, I highly recommend this race! It is in a great location, great course, plus they offer both a sprint and an international distance so good for everyone in your party. This is definitely one of my favorites and the course is fast, I will miss it on my 2012 calendar but please partake, take photos and send them to me and I will post them while congratulating you on your achievements! Go, register for Evergreen HERE. As an added bonus, the race director a super cool lady who puts on a series of events under the TRI Mom/TRI Shark name. In the last event I raced for TRI Mom, I was handed a sack lunch as I was leaving for my drive home. Thanks, Mom! I was starved and much appreciated that sack lunch. Some times it’s the little things, you know?
So how is your racing season shaping up? Is it coming together smoothly or are you coming across a few speed bumps like me? I honestly can’t fit in one international/olympic distance TRI this year and will just be focusing on the two 70.3 distance events. Not ideal and I’m sure my transitions will be slow due to lack of practice but attitude and
an over abundance of confidence will make up for transition issues because I plan to totally crush both 70.3s this year. I only have one time in which to compare and that is the pre-Michael race but the time still stands and counts in my books. The 2008 Great Illini Challenge brought me a 6:33 finish and I am hoping by drafting off Renee the Muncie race will get me under the 6:30 mark so I can go on to really get after it at the 2012 Great Illini Challenge 70.3 on Labor Day weekend. BELIEVE!
If you would like to join me at the 2012 Great Illini Challenge 70.3, they offer both an Olympic and 70.3 Distance, so feel free to come and have fun at whatever distance you are ready to tackle! This course is really user/spectator friendly too as it has 2 loops to each part. You will be close to
your car transition several times during the race in the event that you “need” anything. I hope to see you out there!
**Disclaimer** – Drafting in a triathalon will get you disqualified. Don’t do it. And if you do, don’t tell them that TTF said it was ok cuz it’s not!
Sidenote: Let me just say how excited I am for all of you over the PunkeeLove Headband Giveaway!! I wish I had a headband to send each and every one of you and I will be on pins and needles doing the drawing on Monday. Good luck everyone! Don’t forget to use the one time only code for 20% off: tootall20 to order the bands that you want on discount. I’m certainly taking advantage of the code and placing an order today
since I don’t need to wait for the drawing!
Happy Running & TRIing, Amanda – TooTallFritz