Planning the 2011 Racing Season

I've started to look at races next year to map out what I want to try and do, what my wife wants to try and do and also looking at the longer race weekend camping trip getaways.

Here's the initial work up I've developed and it looks like March into May is going to be the busiest time of the year with two or three tris and the Sea Otter Classic in the mix as well.

While I enjoyed doing the Santa Cruz Sprint Tri, I think I'm going to go for off road triathlons. I just don't really care for riding a bicycle on the road and its hard to be competitive without dropping a big chunk of cash into a road bike that, to be honest, I don't even really want.

Anyway, here's the schedule that's starting to come together.

March 27 - XTERRA Real Mountain Bike Triathlon
April 14 - 17 - Sea Otter Classic (mountain biking) camping
April 30 - May 1 - Avia Wildflower Mountain Bike Triathlon camping
June 11 - San Jose Sprint Triathlon (Mountain)
October 2 - Scott Tinley's Adventures

I am mainly using Trifind to look for races but have also been told that Outside magazine has a great classified listings for races as well.

So I'm looking for a race earlier in the year and maybe a couple of races between June and October. Know of any races in Northern California that I should be aware of? Drop me a line and let me know! I'm also looking to incorporate an Olympic or International distance race in the mix as well.

I've also been thinking about staging my own triathlon. There are a few questions and issues to deal with there but I think that might be a pretty fun way to keep motivated to train and also learn some new skills in creating a race route that incorporates swimming, biking and running. Maybe something on the beach in Aptos, not sure yet and not even sure if I'm going to really do it.

The other big news of late is that I now have a brand spanking new and awesome tri wet suit almost on the way to me! Not new to me, new. Brand new. And even better, the one I'd ordered on Amazon was no longer available so they are upgrading me to the latest and greatest suit! Yee-frickin'-ha! I'm really looking forward to being able to get out into the bay whenever I want to for a good swim and even more looking forward to working my way up to being able to swim around the wharf (which is a really, really long wharf). Once my swimming is in better shape, I'll start to really work on my running technique to add speed there. I don't really worry too much about the bike stage since I do the majority of my cardio work on my pedals.

This last year was about completing races and getting used to competition, this next year is going to be about competing and about improving my times race after race.

The funny thing is that even just writing about triathlons gets me all jacked up to go workout and get ready to race. And I know that I really benefit greatly from the structure the race prep provides me.

There now, wasn't this a much more uplifting post than my last one? I'm too buoyant to stay down for too long.
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