As I prepare for the 2013 racing season I have to look back at 2012 and several things come to mind. I competed in several triathlons and foot races in 2012 not all of which with memorable results. I rode in a lot of organized charity rides and group club rides in 2012. All of which I enjoyed to some degree and were all memorable for different reasons. I think about the cost of registration and travel but that’s just the price we pay to play and I’m okay with that. The time invested is another issue. Time is a finite resource and sometimes there doesn't seem like there is ever enough. Fortunately, my wife has been supportive but even she has her limits. As time goes on she wonders when it will all end. When will my obsession turn to something more manageable. This will become more of an issue as I tackle the 530 hours of training to prepare for the 2013 TryCharleston 70.3 in April and the 2013 Ironman Florida race in November. I have a 20-week training plan for each race which leaves little time between these two races for resting the body (and mind).
The goal of this year is to get to the hallowed ground of Kona for the 2014 Ironman World Championship. I missed the opportunity in 2011 at Ironman Florida by about 37 minutes and 8 places. I was 13th in my age-group. The qualifying slots rolled down to the 5th place finisher. Hopefully 2013 will be better. I will be 2 years older so who knows what could happen.
I’m looking forward to a healthy and speedy 2013 as I try juggle training, work, and spending time with my wife and our dog Max. This all starts before the New Year arrives on December 2nd.
Check my schedule and training plans on my "My 2013 Races, etc." page. I'll add more rides and races as the year progresses.
I suppose I a better title for this blog would be Thinking about the Future.
Thanks for reading.