While I had a light training day, my day was otherwise very productive. When I'm not training, I often spend time looking into what I might want to train for next and have spent a lot of time obsessing over races lately. I know I want 2009 to be a busy season so I will need to start in the spring. And I figured, what better way to kick it off than with my first half-Ironman? That's exactly what I'll be doing on April 5, 2009 when I do Ironman 70.3 New Orleans. It's a new event and looks like it will be a great course and a great time. I am going to have to work hard this winter to keep up my training, especially on the bike despite the not-so-great NYC weather. On November 1, I will be registering for my second half-Ironman, the Vineman Ironman 70.3 in July 2009. I'll use these two races as a starting point for my 2009 calendar and plan everything else around them.
The big question still up in the air for me is whether or not I try to get into Ironman Wisconsin. I had decided to do it and then decided to wait until 2010. But the more I think about it, the more I don't want to wait. I have over a year to prepare and with the number of longer distance races I'll do before then, I am confident I can complete it. I have a little more time to think about it. If I decide to give it a go, I'll head out there for the race this year and sign up in person the next day. My mom and brother live in Madison just a few blocks from the Ironman finish so it will be the perfect place for me to complete this distance regardless of the year I choose.
Today was a day off from swimming and running, so I did some biking on the trainer tonight. Ah, the dreaded trainer. Luckily I had this week's Project Runway waiting on DVR to get me through the hour. I have avoided the trainer successfully for almost three weeks, but it was finally necessary. I'm alternating running and biking this week in an effort to keep my legs from giving out before my half-marathon on Sunday, plus I still have 58 miles to ride for the Tour de France Challenge so I chipped away at that a bit. I'll be able to finish the challenge this weekend for sure, meeting my goal 100%.
I'm taking a break from posting NYC Triathlon photos today to post something far cooler. They captured short video clips of everyone crossing the finish line. I'm in the red approaching on the far right, looking deliriously happy and surprisingly energetic given the challenges of the race. The guy carting the box across the finish line on his shoulder almost ruined my video, but he luckily moved on just as I approached the line.
But don't worry, I'm not quite done posting NYC Tri photos just yet. I uploaded dozens into a Picasa album today and just need to organize them and get a few captions in before sharing. That will end my NYC Tri posting, but there's always the NYC Half Marathon this weekend and the Niantic Bay Triathlon next weekend!
Biking (on trainer)
Distance - 15.2 miles
Time - 1:00:00