The funny thing, or not so funny thing, about an Ironman is that will not only obliterate your free time, but your wallet as well. Ironman Arizona is almost $700 just to register (it pains me to type that) and does not include any gear, coaching, travel, fuel, etc.
Needless to say, the financial availability for me to hop in and out of as many races as I feel like doing this year is non-existent. Instead, my 2012 race schedule has been carefully crafted to provide experience in each of the triathlon distances, ensure optimal performance at IMAZ and leverage a sweet 50 percent off coupon code I got for USA Production races. Here’s a look at the planned 2012 race schedule.
1. South Bay International Duathlon: March 11, 2012
10k run – 40k bike – 5k run
In just 17 days (crap, 17 days!) I’ll have my first real race experience on a bike. I am absolutely terrified and won’t even get into in this post.
2. Oakland Half Marathon: March 25, 2012
3. Morgan Hill Sprint Triathlon: May 20, 2012
3/4 mile swim – 16 mile bike – 5 mile run
What I am calling my “first” triathlon will be a sprint, progressing throughout the summer in distances and difficulty. On good days I look at these and say, “Oh, I’ve got this, no problem.” On bad days I question my sanity.
4. Silicon Valley International Triathlon: June 24, 2012
1.5k Swim – 40k Bike – 10k Run
Making my way up the triathlon ladder with an international distance. It’s also important to note that I chose all of these races to be in NorCal to ensure that I’m saving as much time, money and efficiency as possible.
5. Vineman Half Ironman: July 15, 2012
The baby Kahuna taking place in the gorgeous Sonoma county. You better believe I’ve still invited all of my family and their mamas to this race.
6. Ironman Arizona: November 18, 2012
2.4 mile swim – 112 mile bike – 26.2 mile run
The big Kahuna. I don’t think I need to say more about this one right now. I might cry.
What does your race schedule look like? Will you be at any of these races?