Sunday, May 3, 2009

The Start of May

May has started off strong! I built well last month with some good totals and that puts me ahead early for the season. I have 4 races on tap for this month. My first race was an impromptu 5k run simply to see if I could break the 20 minute mark. While I gave it my all, I fell short by 56 seconds... I'm perfectly OK with this for now, but I had to give it an honest attempt. I finished 58th overall out of 677.

My next races are back to back. I'm competing in two of the four Starkermann Series races in Gaylord, Michigan. My first event will be Saturday night with a 40k Time Trial (bike race). This will push me as I've been riding at that distance for regular training rides. I will then awake early to race in another duathlon. While I do not plan to medal in this race, I do hope to do better than my last du as the distances are the same. (Maybe here I will break the 20 minute 5k)

And my final race for this month is the Hawk Island Triathlon. This was my first triathlon last year. This is a sprint distance race, so the swim is 400 yards, bike ~12 miles, and run 3.1 miles. I'm certain that I'll break my time from last year, but can I break an hour?

From there, the rest of the season is up for whatever comes along. I am considering a few other races that I pooled together early this year. I will also consider a 3 race series that takes place at the Island Lake Rec Area. These would all be sprint distance races, just slightly longer than the Hawk Island Tri; Swims of a half mile, 12.4 mile bike and 3.1 mile runs. And then lastly, I need to decide about an Olympic distance race in August and consider a Half Ironman in November... Hmm. What do you think?


Layneh said...

Sounds like your run was pretty good, considering your warmup in the morning.

What are the race dates for Gaylord and HI?

How long is the Olympic race and is that a run?

Ironman... I would have a song stuck in my head the entire time, and of course, at the end, I would have to say: "I AM ... IRONMAN" lol

Rebecca said...

I think that you should do an Olympic this year but not a 1/2 Iron. Even if we go to LV you should just do the middle distance becasue we will also want to be able to have fun while we are there and if you do the long race and that is your first one then you won't be able to go out that night... yes this is selfish on my part BUT it will also be a vacation NOT just another race!
Love you lots!

Jeremy H said...

The Starkermann races that I'm in are May 16 and 17.

Hawk Island is May 31.

Dani said...

Hi there! I just linked to your blog from the tri forums and hope I can get to "know" you...and who knows, maybe I'll meet you at some point-I'm from MI too!

I've mostly been a runner, but playing in tri territory now adn thinking of going for one this summer. My blog isn't updated as much as I'd like, but if you want to check it out it's I'm also "spunkysmilez" on the tri boards.