A new Challenge

By | November 27, 2013

Alright, so I definitely owe a race report for the Philly Marathon, which was November 17.  It was a blast, but I didn’t get the PR I was hoping for.  I actually finished in 4:06, which is about 13 minutes away from PR territory (3:53 at the 2010 Philadelphia Marathon).  That said, I had a terrific day running with fabulous friends, and I don’t regret a thing.  Not every race can be a PR, right?

My next big planned race is the Paris Marathon on April 6.  I signed up for that on a whim back in September (isn’t Paris always a whim?!).  I’m not planning on targeting that race for a PR or anything, I’m more hoping to go to Paris, visit friends, and have fun.

In early November another whim came across me and I signed up for another race.  What is it with me and my whims?! I was investigating my options for completing my first Ironman in 2014.  I’ve done 4 half ironman races (all between 6:00-6:30 – I’m nothing if not pretty consistent, haha), and I truly enjoyed each event.  I’ve been thinking of doing my first ironman for YEARS.  I even signed up for IM Louisville in 2011, but then decided to get married that summer instead! I tried to keep up training and wedding planning at the same time, but it just wasn’t happening (while trying to keep a full time – more than full time! – job).

With that goal in mind, I’ve been looking at races for a while.  I knew most of the WTC “official” ironman races were already sold out for 2014 (nature of the beast), so I was really looking at Rev3 Cedar Point.  The timing of that is a little difficult though, because I’ll be going on an Alaskan cruise with family in early August – what would typically be the peak week for training.  I was also considering Chesepeakman, since I’ve done Eagleman several times and enjoyed myself each time.

Then I saw that Challenge Triathlon is hosting its first long-course triathlon in the US in Atlantic City (Jersey Pride!) on June 29.  June is a little earlier than I would like to do an ironman – that means a loooot of trainer time for those of us in the Northeast.  BUT, I really couldn’t pass up racing in my home state, so close to home, with a clear timeline to the race (no trials scheduled for the spring!) I should even be able to go down to south jersey for a few practice rides on the actual course.  So, I signed up, and I hope this is a good idea!

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