In general, my racing goals include doing the five races to qualify for the NCTS series category awards in addition to three age group national championships. Since two of these national championships only require crossing one state line, this keeps travel in check, which is also a priority of mine. So, no, I’m not getting a pro card, since people keep asking that. I’d rather leverage my new (40!) age group using a similar (lower volume) training approach as I did this past year. And not have a lots of long trips to contend with. Besides, I’m really not all that fast any way.
I posted my schedule here, so I don’t suppose it’s necessary to re-post it.
You’ll see I’ve batched my races into early and late season. This all falls out from two “A” races falling a week apart at the tail end of the season plus another in late April. Since I’m getting to be an older lady, the idea of getting fit for late April and racing through and driving to another peak in late September / early October is a bear of a schedule. Plus, in order to qualify for that early October national championship, I need to do another half iron distance earlier in the year and the ony reasonable option is one of the White Lake’s. All other options require more travel and don’t count as one of the NCTS races. So White Lake Half it is, even though I prefer rolling courses to flat. This will also be my longest race post partum, so I’ll need a little more volume in my legs and arms than I did in May of this year.
What’s not on there that I’d like to do another year is Triple T North Carolina. I’m thinking that it would be an awesome big training weekend in the build up to 2011 Long Course Tri Worlds in Vegas, sharing a course with Silverman, my one and only ever iron distance race. It was a good time out there, so I like the idea of going back and not having to do the full distance and Long Course Tri Nationals in Myrtle Beach is the qualifier for that World Championship.
There are also a lot of smaller races I’d like to do again or try out for the first time, like Kerr Lake Olympic and Over The Mountain. I’m pretty bummed about Bandit’s Challenge going away, but what can you do? Most people don’t like hard events. They just want to do triathlon because it sounds impressive (and hard) but not have it be that hard. Or something.
Speaking of hard events, I swear I will make it up to do Survival of the Shawangunks, American Zofingen, Savageman and other like-minded ridiculously difficult events some day. There’s something appealing about preparing for and completing an event that scares me a little. But that’s for another year.
Hope to see you guys out there in 2010!