I can’t believe tomorrow is October 1st!! My “fun” year really has flown by!! I am trying to make some decisions about next year but it literally changes every.single.day! I thought I would definitely do another Ironman in 2016. Well then I wasn’t sure that I really wanted to do one. Was my heart really in it or was I just doing one to do one?!
I originally wanted to do one because Dan was starting a MBA program and I thought he would be busy enough that I could keep myself busy by training for an IM.
(Quite a few months ago) It started with doing IM Chattanooga. That idea went out the door about as quick as it came in the door. I like the idea of the down stream fast swim. But I don’t like the idea of 4 extra miles on the bike. Isn’t 112 long enough? I have some friends that are “seasoned” IM that did Chat last weekend and sounds like a pretty hard run.
(August–through the end of August) When Chat went out the door, the idea of doing Victoria 70.3 or C’DA 70.3 was a good one. I could be more serious next year, train hard, and see what I could do. Then Dan mentioned Boulder 70.3 which is the same weekend as Victoria. That got me seriously interested!!
I saw Jenny one night and I mentioned Boulder. She mentioned IM Cozumel! Man I was in trouble!! Could I be back on the IM train? A salt water swim doesn’t sound appealing though!
Well just about the time I was looking into Boulder, Jen did IM Copenhagen and posted her race report. I was definitely back on the Ironman train, followed IM Cope on FB, and told Dan we were going to Europe for a race-cation.
After a few days of that settling in I thought well maybe I should go back to just doing halfs next year and build up to IM Cope for 2017. YES that is what I was going to do. Back to Boulder!!
(Beginning of Sept) On a walk with Erica one day, she mentioned that Nik was thinking about IMAZ. Well I probably shouldn’t talk to anyone about any races ever!! Literally the next day, Dan was studying and he hadn’t even started school yet, I wanted to go out. He needed to study.
I DECLARED I was definitely doing an Ironman next year. BUT which one. I love the idea of AZ because I could potentially PR. Timing is OK. AS much as I would love to go to Phoenix in November, there is ZERO chance I can go to volunteer/sign up. So that pretty much leaves Community Fund which has gone up drastically since the payment I made for Ironman Canada in 2009!
After Erin’s amazing race in Wisconsin, I thought about that race for about 5 seconds!! I have heard Madison is awesome. But I need a race that has less gain on the bike. I love rolling courses. But Wisconsin is a little more than I want to swallow for 2016.
I have now begun to think about a spring marathon. If indeed I decide that I want to do a late IM, a spring marathon could be on the table. Run all winter and when the weather gets nice go outside. Sounds amazing right?! Flying Pig is on my radar!!
What is wrong with me?? I need a hobby that can get me through the off-season so I stop thinking about races!! ;)
I have to think what is totally realistic for me in 2016. BUT who really wants to do that!! The only thing that is set for 2016 is RNR AZ 1/2 marathon (always) and Ragnar Hawaii!! Yes, you read that right, an ultra relay on the big island! Which brings up another bit of “how am I going to use my PTO” next year.
I thought it would be pretty awesome to go to Kona early for IM championship the weekend before and then Ragnar Hawaii is the weekend after! Perfect timing right!! Well that would be a huge chunk of my PTO! Decisions decisions!! I hate to fly all the way to Hawaii for just a few days! But it could be a nice run block going into IMAZ. Just sayin’!!
Just talking out loud here!! I will keep you posted on what I finally decide on! What are your plans for next year?