Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Ironman Florida 70.3!!!

Registrations for this year have finally begun!!

I decided that I would get some more motivation over the past weekend by actually signing up for some of my races. I looked at my calendar, looked at my work schedule, days off, etc, and came up with my first couple of races for the year.

I am going to have to update my blog for my 2007 schedule, as well as my time countdown clock.

Here we go

Tri the Parks (Georgia) Series Race #1 - John Tanner State Park, Carollton, GA
April 28th

Ironman Florida 70.3 - Orlando, FL
May 20th

I still have one more race to sign up for in this timeline, and that is the "5 boroughs bike tour" in New York. This is May6th. You might be asking if that is too close to IMFL 70.3? Maybe but it is not a serious race. It is a leisurely 42 mile bike ride through all the 5 boroughs, and it is not supposed to be a race unless you are in the pro race circut. I have never actually been to New York before, so I thought it would be a good experience.

My next leg for the year will be completing the Peachtree Road race (assuming I get signed up for it) on July 4th. I will schedule no races during this time so I get about two months off until my next set of races that will run me from August until the South Carolina Half Ironman in October.

This will set me up for my 2008 season, where I will actually complete an Ironman! I will have to sign up for the event in 2007 due to the popularity of the Ironman North America series. I mean, this is Kentucky's first year, and they sold out fast. IMFL sold out in an hour. I really do not want to wait until late in the year in 2008 (i.e. IMFL) to complete a full Ironman, so I will have to look to other races to complete. Maybe Arizona! I could go hang with the Commodore if he completes it in 2008, and my family would only be a 3 hour drive away from the event, and my grandparents would be in Mesa.

Also, I know I am jumping the gun here, but depending on how far down the top 8-10 slots for my age group in IMFL 70.3 go, there is a slight chance I could qualify for Clearwater (IM 70.3 championships) in October. I am not going to be in the top 10 in my age group, but the other issue is that not everyone that finishes the race before me will want to (or have the money to) go to Clearwater. Last year it got all the way down to 5 hours and 40 minutes in my age group before the last person took the final slot.

If this happens, then obviously I will be sub'ing Clearwater for the South Carolina HIM. We shall see.....



Wes said...

Looks like a great race schedule to me! Wouldn't qualifying for Clearwater be awesome? I'm hoping to just maybe get into Ironman Florida for 08. We will see.

Jessica said...

Well, I don't know how it will be at the Florida half, but at Lake Stevens last year, the roll down went so deep they took anyone who wanted to go to Clearwater. So I hope you earn your spot by being at the top of your AG, but hey - even if you're not, you still have a chance!

Rachel said...

Great schedule! It's fun planning a new season.

team buttar said...

hey good luck this year! ... isn't awesome when the new year comes around and you get to plan your whole schedule around races ... and while in florida, check us out!

Fabian F.