Festival of Races 70.3 on Sept. 7 because it's in East Tawas, Michigan, about 30 minutes away from the cabin my parents own. I haven't been to the cabin since 2008, and I hear my parents have made lots of upgrades and improvements.
On a deeper level, though, I want to push myself this time. I felt like I just tried to survive Racine, which I did with a smile. This time, I want to focus on getting a good time, not having a good time. I'd like to break six hours, if I can, and set a precedent. As I look to the next year of athletic pursuits, I want to ensure I'm basing my future performances on my best attempts, because 2014 is going to be huge. Epic.
I'm doing a 140.6 full Ironman in 2014.
|Lust: Trek 7.8|
On the same subject, Belle the bike just isn't cutting it anymore. I will likely be investing in a new ride this fall as I prepare to spend lots of quality time in the saddle preparing to pedal 112 miles.
Here's my tentative plan for the next year:
Sept. 7 - Festival of Race 70.3
Oct. 5 - Last Try Triathlon Olympic
October-December - Off season training - perhaps more sessions spent at CrossFit and taking up a bit of yoga
January-April - Training for a spring marathon
April-September - Solid six-month Ironman training
Sept. 8, 2014 - Ironman Wisconsin
This assumes, however, that I can get into the race. Wisconsin is notoriously difficult to get into. Most people volunteer to get priority registration access. However, I'll be in Michigan that day tackling 70.3 for the second time this season.
If I don't get in, it's not meant to be and I'll select another race, perhaps Ironman Arizona or Rev3 Cedar Point.
I will always dream big and commit bigger. And this is as big as it gets.