Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Shit happens...deal with it ... just don't eat it.

I know that shit happens, but when you are really looking forward to some good races and then find out you probably won't be able to participate in them ... you might say I am getting a bit pissed off. Check this out. Here are races I have been contemplating all winter and whether I put them on my race calendar or not ... boom .... something comes a long and changes that. This is what I mean:

Bismarck Sprint Triathlon, ND (June 8th) - A cousin is having a graduation party the day before ... 7 hours away from the Triathlon...

Lake Kampeska Mini-Triathlon; Watertown, SD (July 12) - I just added this to the list and was super pumped ... but a cousin is having a bachelorette party in the Twin Cities ...

Younglife Olympic Triathlon; Detroit Lakes, MN (August 16) - will be in the cities celebrating Dad's B-day and hitting up a Twins game....

Dick Beardsley Half Marathon; Detroit Lakes, MN (September 7) - I guess this conflicts with the Triathlon I will be doing. NEXT YEAR. I heard the race around the lake is georgous!


But, I guess I can't do them ALL. So, following Lisa's trend, on a positive note ... I will be hopefully participating in the following ... and look forward to it all.

YMCA Chase Race, 10K: (Fargo, June 12) This should be a fun race. It's a thursday evening. I am choosing to do the 10K because I have never done one ... and I think it would be a great way to keep up with my longer runs!

LifeNets Sprint Triathlon: (Mandan, ND; September 7) This will be probably my last (only 2nd) triathlon before 2008 is over. And then it will be back to indoor triathlons and maybe a Danskin in Chicagoland next summer. (Danskin doesn't work with my schedule of teaching summer school this year.)

FM Bridge to Bridge Bash: (Fargo,
September 20) I haven't decided if I am going to do the 5 or 10 miler. Maybe I will shoot for the 10 miler. Could be loads of fun. I gotta do this one. It's right here in town.

UND Homecoming 5K/10K: (Grand Forks, October 18) I have done this one the past 2 years, last year breaking my 5K PR. I might just plan to do the 5K unless I get a wild hair up my butt this fall! September/October is the most perfect time of year to race in ND ... along with the months of May/June.

5K Turkey Trot: (Bismarck, November 27) This will be a 5K ... to Shave some of my Stubble
... fo sho! This will be the fourth year I have done this race! It keeps growing every year and the cause is wonderful. I am hoping for chips this year. I was contemplating the 10K ... but running that distance in the possibility of cold weather/snow/sleet/rain/etc .. . is not my style. Plus, I got to hurry home and help mom get the turkey dinner on the table for the big fam!

Now that I have it all down .... I am noticing that the remaining 6 months of 2008 are going to be super fun! A few different distances and races I have never done will be awesome! I will just go with this plan and if something else comes a long the way that I can squeeze in ... will do. Otherwise I am going to just focus on getting down a good base and being consistent ... in the pool, on the bike, and hitting the pavement! That and building my tollerance for adult beverages... because according to Jess ... that is what the summer is for!

Anyone know of any good traithlon training schedules? I have a couple I have looked at, but it seems like the distance/duration of all the workouts seem so minimal... less than what I have been doing prior to the half marathon. Any suggestions or ideas would be great. I know some of you make up your own and I would love to hear more about those as well!

17 comments:

akshaye said...

Sweet - you got a packed race calendar!

IronGambit said...

great... you still have an excellent list !

IronGambit said...

great... you still have an excellent list !

Wes said...

Why don't you see if there are some triahtlons that weekend in the places you are visiting :-) Dee Dee and I do that! It works out sometimes...

Triseverance said...

Nice planning, I have found in the last couple of years that quality is better then quanity. Find races you love to do and just keep doing them. Good luck with all your events.

Marcy said...

I must note that you're missing the one's up top for Par-tays! Whoot Whoot! That's always a plus, right?

Makita said...

Are you still thinking of doing the Crater Lake Half? I hope to ... and will likely register sometime soon. :D

Jess said...

First off congrats on your awesome awesome half finish. (I fell a bit behind on the blog reading this week)

Bummer about a bunch of your races getting canceled. Same thing happened to me. Baltimore half is Oct. 11th and I've been looking forward to it since like Jan. Turns out Oct. 11th is my cousin's wedding. I wanted to cry. But I guess the wedding will be fun too haha!

jahowie said...

That is a very nice list!! You are having a great year so far. Keep it up.

Kevin said...

Looks like a great schedule. I always hate it when I am set on a race and something comes up that changes it

My Life & Running said...

Ummmm... I see no shit anywhere on that schedule! Only fun things and a ton of events to look forward to! ;) **Lucky girl!**

Brian said...

I know how it is, you pick a goal and work at it, and then something comes up and you have to make a choice.
Some people might get mad at the choices we make, but YOU come first.

As far as training plans go, ask Wes, he beat me last weekend. LOL.

Mendy said...

I use beginnertriathlete for my logging and my current plan. You would love the logs, I'm sure. And they have free plans and plans that require memberships. They are pretty cheap too. Plus, there's forums too.

Lily on the Road said...

Wow, that's a packed schedule, and like Wes said, you could possibly find something where you're going to be....as is, you're stoked...

enjoy!

Lisa - Slow & Steady said...

it looks like you pieced together a nice schedule.

last year i used a modified schedule that i got online that had me doing each discipline 2x per week and one day was rest.

it went something like

m - short swim
t - short bike
w - short run
h - off
f - long swim
s - long bike
s - long run

and then there were bricks for a few weeks in the final month before taper.

i guess it would help if i could send you the link, but i don't recall where i got it.

Danielle said...

What you need to do is tell people that you are doing x races on these dates and tell them their events have to coordinate around your schedule!!

J~Mom said...

My training schedule was just like Lisa's above for the tri last weekend. :>D Looks like a great schedule!