Last Sunday (11/14) was my last event of the 2010. Since then, I haven't done a single workout. The closest I have come was going the pool to observe the Boy® at swim team practice. You can see him in the middle lane wearing a orange swim cap.
This weekend I plan to get back into the swing of things with some easy workouts. Nothing hard, just get back into the swing of it again.
I received some great news on Friday. The par score for Bronda's Du (Ft. Worth, TX) came in. Ready? 87.96029!!!! Wow, that's the highest par score I've ever gotten. So three of my four USAT duathlons have had results posted. Yet to be posted is the Columbus (Nebraska) Duathlon as the race director has yet to send in results. However, I checked with USAT this week and they verified the race was USAT and they would be contacting the race director. If that result does ever get posted and is above an 84, my standings could yet shoot up within the national Male 45-49 age group ranking. Currently, the unofficial YTD standings show me 126th in the country for Male 45-49.
My very early 2011 tentative calendar has now been added to the right side navigation bar. For more information on any of these races, direct links can be found there. These are all penciled in for the moment. Nothing is set in stone. But, if I have my wish and can find the money:
Jan 23 - Frost Yer Fanny Duathlon; Houston, TX (USAT) - 3mi run, 15mi bike, 2mi run
Feb 5 - Hamel 5K; Hamel, MN
Feb 20 - Texas Motor Speedway Duathlon; Ft. Worth, TX (USAT) - 2mi run, 15mi bike, 2mi run
Apr 23 - Iron Mountain Du; Arkadelphia, Arkansas (USAT) 2.5mi run, 13.5mi bike, 2.5mi run
Apr 24 - Iron Mountain Tri; Arkadelphia, Arkansas (USAT) - 400 yard swim, 13.5mi bike, 2.5mi run
Apr 30 - Duathlon National Championship; Tucson, AZ (USAT) - 5K run, 35K bike, 5K run
May 14 - Lakes to Pines Triathlon; Park Rapids, MN 500 yard swim, 14.7mi bike, 5K run
May 28 - Apple Duathlon; Sartell, MN (USAT) - 5k run, 33k bike, 5k run
Jun 5 - Pigman Sprint Triathlon; Cedar Rapids, IA (USAT) - Swim .5K, Bike 25K, Run 5K
Jul 2 - Minneman Triathlon; Oak Grove, MN (USAT) - 0.3 Mile Swim, 13mi bike, 3 mi run
Aug 27 - Maple Grove Sprint Triathlon; Maple Grove, MN (USAT) - 0.3mi swim, 14mi bike, 3mi run
Sep 4 - Hy-Vee Triathlon/5150 U.S. Championship; Des Moines, IA (USAT) - 1.5K swim, 40K bike, 10K run
Sep 11 - Cy-Man Triathlon; Polk City, IA (USAT) - 500 yard swim, 14.3mi bike, 5K run
Oct 8 - Fargo Mini-Marathon (10K); Fargo, ND
Oct 23 - 5150 Galveston; Galveston, TX (USAT) - 1.5K swim, 40K bike, 10K run
Nov 13 - Rock 'n Roll San Antonio Half-Marathon; San Antonio, TX
Ambitious, yes? But I won't being doing twenty events like I did this year. I hope to keep it to around a dozen. And 2011 will be more front loaded with early races. I'm doing this to 1) to keep me working honest and hard this winter as signing up for a race in Jan or Feb is enough incentive to keep me focused. 2) To try and keep the summer more open for family activities and excursions. As you can see, June-July-August only have one event scheduled in each of those months. This lighter summer schedule should also keep me fresh physically and mentally.
The best laid plans of mice and men....and triathletes??....often go astray.