After 8 months of highly regimented traning, where I lived and died by my schedule, I have nothing really planned for the summer.
who am I kidding?
Ok, I don't have anything that requires 8 months of regimented traning planned. Good thing too, because Will would kill me. I want to race, I like to train. But simply put, I don't want to HAVE to do any of this. The rule: keep it fun; don't think too hard about it.
I've got a rough training schedule blocked up, but if a workout doesn't happen, its no big deal. If I decide that I want to swim at Chatfield Reservoir on Wednedays after work with a friend (and maybe get in a little bike riding too), its ok to skip masters swim practice that morning. Don't feel like working out at all - no problem!
I did get picked up by Team Sony Walkman. As part of my sponsorship agreement, I have to do either the full or half Denver Rock and Roll marathon. I registered for the full (at the time it was only $89 - cheaper than the half), and I knew I could downgrade. I've also committed to doing 4 events. Originally it was supposed to be between July and October, with the marathon in October = very doable. However, we won't get our kits until August. Doing 4 tri's in Aug/Sept AND train for an October marathon = disaster. So, I'm downgrading to the half.
But before I knew about the "no team kits until August" thing, I went and signed up for the Boulder Peak Olympic triathlon. I put all the local races on a calendar, with their venues, distances, etc. I want to do a few Oly's and a few sprints. There seem to be 4 major race venues here - Aurora Reservoir, Union Reservoir, Cherry Creek Reservior, and Boulder Reservoir (plus a few random pool ones). I wanted to do one race per venue this year, so I can get a feel for where I like to race. There's a few other Oly's this summer (one has you finish at Mile High Staduim), but those are a bit newer and (to me) unproven. Plus $150 is a LOT to spend for an olympic-distance race. So, I figured it early, but what the hell. Boulder Peak it is - besides, there's a ton of pros racing AND its beautiful. What I really didn't think through was the fact that you have to ride your bike up Olde Stage - a 2/3 of a mile long, 15% climb. Ouch. I'm hoping it won't kill me. (and how does this go int othe "keep it fun rule?" - if you figure it out, please let me know). So yeah, I'm racing Boulder on Sunday. Without much thought or a plan. Sweet!
And past that, I have no plan. No other races (besides an Oct 9th half marathon) planned. Just playing it by ear and doing what sounds fun.