Monday, December 10, 2012

Here we go, here we go now...

December 1st basically kicked off my triathlon training for 2013.  I know...  it is still 2012.  How about taking a break?  In the words of KC, ironman waits for no (wo)man.  I also love that I started training without even knowing what races I might do in 2013.

Up until this week, I was still kicking around the idea of another full IM next year.  I can't even remember how it came about but last week I got the idea in my head that I might want to do IM Louisville.  I was already considering Rev3 Cedar Point or maybe B2B again and now IM Louisville had entered the thought process.

Let me back up a bit...   A few weeks ago I decided to join Team Blue Iron for the 2013 season.  I have done most of my training on my own schedule for the past two years and after having such a great time with them in PCB over the summer, I decided to give group training a go.  As a team, we are training for four races this year. You aren't required to do all four but in my mind if I want to get the most out of the group experience I want to participate in as much as possible.  The four races are a sprint, an olympic and two 70.3s.

Team Blue Iron

In 2012, somehow I managed to qualify for Long Course Nationals both at Augusta and B2B.  I feel like I might have told you this already.  I also feel like, if *I* qualified, they might want to raise their standards.  LOL.  Seriously though I was super excited to find out that nationals are at Rev3 Anderson this year which is a 90 minute drive from home for me.  Score!  Unfortunately, that race is right before B2B which put it out of the picture.  It was then down to Cedar Point and IM Louisville.

I talked it over with my newly acquired coach.  (look at that -  this team thing is paying off already...).  She gave me some pros and cons of each race not really pushing me one way or the other but just giving me some things to think about.  I mulled them over during one of my runs last week and had one of those light bulb moments.  If the point of joining a team was to have people to train with why would I immediately start off by tacking on a huge race that would require me to do a bunch of training on my own?  It really just didn't make sense.

So with that moment of clarity, I came to decide that 2013 will be the year of 70.3s for me..... and I feel pretty darn good about it!    


Spinning this weekend.  I love how all the guys look like they are praying for mercy.  
       


12 comments:

Kate said...

I think you need to give yourself more credit...you've had some awfully impressive ironman times!

Very cool about the teak. I hope it's a great experience!

Big Daddy Diesel said...

First, congrats on qualifying for nationals.

Congrats on the being part of a team, it is fun having teammates you can train and race together with.

I havent done IMLOU, but I have done REV3 CP Half, I liked the course, the race is very low key, nothing like a WTC race, I will be back in 2013

TMB @ RACING WITH BABES said...

You are awesome. Give yourself more credit! So excited to see how you dominate 70.3 in 2013.

Kenley said...

A AM WITH TMB....GIVE YOURSELF MORE CREDIT. CONGRATULATIONS ON THAT ACHIEVEMENT. I WISH YOU THE BEST FOR 2013. I MYSELF, AM ALREADY TRAINING FOR BIG THINGS IN 2013. CHEERS.

Colleen said...

You qualified for Long Course TWICE? Look at you go! Tom was considering doing Anderson this fall so hopefully I'll be there to cheer you on! I think you made the right decision to focus on the "shorter" stuff this year. Long course racing isn't going anywhere.

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Kim said...

Wow!! I think any distance would be hard with a tri! (maybe because I'm not a great swimmer) Very impressive list of events! Have fun with your new team!

Carolina John said...

Cool! Dig the halfs!

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Marc Nelson said...

Qualifying for Long Course Nationals is such a big achievement.All the best for the four races!2013 will be certainly be the year of 70.3s for you.

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Mari Fridenmaker said...

Here's to a fantastic year! Cheers!

Matthew Smith said...

You had me all excited with the chit chat about doing IM Louisville. That would be sweet! That'll be my first IM. But, 70.3's are just downright fun. Enjoy 2013!