- Rock and Roll Half Marathon here in DC on March 17th
- Ironman Lake Placid on July something
- 70.3 World Championships in Las Vegas, NV on September 9th
But there will be more! I'm planning on signing up for the Rumpus in Bumpass Oly in April. There will be a half Ironman in May, I just haven't decided which one yet. There's the Kinetic half, which is local and my tri team does it every year. Last year's bike course sounded better than previous years, so it is tempting to sign up. And then I remember the run course and how much I dislike it (3 loops with one long hill you get to do three times). But things could be different this year, maybe I will like it because I plan on actually being in decent race shape and taking it seriously. However, there's another half earlier in the month in Charlottesville, VA - the Monticelloman that sounds really tempting instead. If I go with Monticelloman, then I will do the Kinetic sprint instead of the half (I did the sprint last year and it was one of my better decisions). June brings the Rev3 Quassy half ironman - I did this race last year and *loved* it. Rev3 does a great job with their races. Team Z is doing it this year as one of the team races, adding to the fun. I'd like to slip another Oly and sprint in towards the end of June/early July, but it depends on whether or not it will really interfere with my final build weeks for Ironman Lake Placid. July is IMLP. August I will NOT be making the same mistake I did last year by doing a half Ironman four weeks after an Ironman - instead, I'm going to work my butt off early this season and try to qualify for Age Group Nationals. Main reason (besides the fact that I've wanted to do AG Nationals for awhile), they are in Burlington, Vermont which is one of my favorite places ever (especially in the summertime when it's not covered in snow). While there, I may pay a little visit to where I went to undergrad, Saint Michael's College. September brings 70.3 Worlds in Vegas, which is the ONLY race I will be flying my bike to this season (the 2011 season was a little out of control). I'd like to do another sprint or oly later in September, but nothing is set in stone. October will be another local-ish race, I just haven't decided which one yet. Watermans half Ironman? Rev3 Half-Full half ironman? Beach2Battleship half ironman? Maybe do the oly or sprint at Waterman's and choose one of the other half Ironmans? I have time to figure it out. And I'd like to do more of the EX2 trail races in the fall (and maybe this spring if I get my fingers clicking on the registration button). I'm super excited about this season - especially since I've been sticking with a regular strength routine for a few months now and I'm monitoring my nutrition more closely and I'd like to see both those things pay off come race day. This season is about the PR and NOT the chocolate chips!