Next Steps

Holy crap, you guys. 10 page views today. That’s a new record. I’d like to thank my mom, God, and those railroad tracks for throwing me off my bike and giving me something else to do besides train.

Since I can’t bear the thought of sitting around and letting my triathlon and Boston dreams slip away, I’ve devoted myself to the search for my Next Race. What to do? First I went looking for another triathlon that I could do in September or November. (Am I kicking myself now for not signing up for the Nation’s Tri when I had the chance? You betcha.) But the timing of Chicago–which I’m still doing as the airfare and hotel are prepaid–takes out most of the remaining available triathlons. Beach 2 Battleship, which takes place in November in Wilmington, NC, one of my favorite vacation destinations sold out its Half Ironman race, so it looks like it will be a while before I get another tri. (Get it, tri?)

So then I started thinking about other possible marathons. And there, at least, my options are plentiful. If Chicago is a bust, I could do Richmond, Philadelphia, or Tucson. Wes’s sister moved to Tucson last year, and we’ll probably go out there and (both?) do the half in December anyway, but if someone’s fitness is peaking late because of a nasty bike spill, well, maybe she’ll just go for the full. There’s no way to know.

Anyway, headed to Quakertown tomorrow for Steelman weekend. Wish Katie luck. Look for a race report Sunday or Monday.

Oh yeah, as promised

I can break into song and dance at any moment.

I can break into song and dance at any moment.


5 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Greg on August 7, 2009 at 10:08 am

    Good luck on the Chicago Tri if you do it. I considered it, but the cost and from what I’ve heard from past participants is that it’s not very organized and it’s extremely crowded. If you’re looking for a good location Triathlon, you should check out the Door County Triathlon next year in Wisconsin. It’s kind of the Midwest’s version of Cape Cod. But it’s a great atmosphere, EXTREMELY organized, and a terrific course whether you’re doing the sprint or the 70.3.

    Regardless, I’m jealous because I would love to travel somewhere for a Tri, I’m just really nervous about flying with my bike!


  2. Posted by lizard151 on August 7, 2009 at 11:37 pm

    Hey Greg, thanks for reading and commenting. I’m signed up for the Chicago Marathon, not triathlon, and I hear the marathon is pretty well run. You’re right, I hate races that aren’t.

    I’m so new to triathlon that I hadn’t even thought of the fact that I’d have to fly with my bike. Duh. But Wisconsin is between my friend on the west coast and me on the east.


  3. Posted by Greg on August 10, 2009 at 6:10 pm

    Keep your chin up! You’ll finish next time! Crappy weather conditions are never a fun variable to deal with in a race. My first 2 triathlons had pouring rain before I started and I was freaking out, especially concerning the bike leg. This last weekend I was suppose to do a Charity Bike ride. I was looking forward to it so I could work on my speed. It too was raining here, actually raining cats and dogs… for the first time this year! Needless to say, I opted not to participate and eat my entry fee. Glad I did. If you make a decision and you live to see another race, you made the right decision!

    Chalk it up as experience for the next race. ;o)


    • Posted by lizard151 on August 11, 2009 at 9:53 am

      Thanks, Greg! I’m signed up for a local “training tri” two weeks from now. The swim is 400 meters in a pool, which I know I can do. And hopefully I’ll have two working legs at that point…


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