Race Season is Here!

22 02 2013

So, I’m racing this weekend. Yeah, that came out of nowhere! This weekend is the Gasparilla Distance Classic race weekend- yet another pirate-themed event in Tampa, but this one’s for the runners! On Saturday, there’s a 5K and a 15K. On Sunday, there’s a half marathon and an 8K. Last year, I ran the half marathon as a training run for my marathon. This year, I didn’t think I could get myself in shape for a half marathon in time, so instead I signed up for the 8K. I’m not sure if I’ve ever raced an 8K, but I figured it would be a good little fun run that wouldn’t be as crowded as the 5K, which draws a HUGE crowd.




I don’t have any time goals for the race and I’ll be running on tired legs, since I’ve got plans for a long bike ride on Saturday. Speaking of bike rides, I’ve been trying to get back into cycling shape, since triathlon season is right around the corner! I actually have a race next month! On March 24th, I’ll be racing in the Olympic Distance race at HITS Ocala. Several of my XP teammates raced in the HITS series last year and had great things to say about the race, so I registered for this year’s race, early enough to get a stinkin cheap entry fee-$50!! They were running a special on entries, so I jumped on that one!



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At this point, I’ve only registered for one other race this season, the REV3 Half Ironman in Venice Beach, FL on November 10th. Yup, that’s right. I was supposed to do this race last year, but I deferred because of my foot injury. My foot’s feeling TONS better, so I’m planning on kicking some booty at my first HIM.

There’s a lot of time between March and November, so I’m sure I’ll fill my calendar with other races. Here’s a few I’m thinking about, but haven’t yet registered.

Child of the Sun Urban Triathlon: April 6, 2013, Lakeland FL. This is a sprint triathlon, held in downtown Lakeland. I’ve never done it before, but I’ve heard it’s fast and fun.

Hurricane Man Swim: May 4, 2013, St. Petersburg, FL. As I mentioned before, I’ve got the urge to race in Open Water. The St. Pete Master’s team is putting on a 2.4 mile OWS, and I’ve very close to registering for it!

Rocketman: May 5, 2013, Kennedy Space Center. This inaugural event is historic- it’s the first time the Space Center’s secured gates are being opened for a public sporting event. The race is offering some interesting distance triathlons:

  • The Classic+: Swim 1/4 mile, Bike 33 miles, Run 3.1 miles
  • The International: Swim .93 miles, Bike 33 miles, Run 6.2 miles
  • The Half Ironman: Swim 1.2 miles, Bike 56 miles, Run 13.1 miles

Apparently the bike leg has to be at least 33 miles, since that’s the distance to get in and out of the Space Center. I’m really interested in this race, but it’s a little pricey.

Crystal River Triathlon SeriesMay 25, July 6, August 31, 2013, Crystal River, FL. This is a fun local sprint series not too far from Tampa. I did it last year, and it was my first Florida triathlon. I enjoyed the race, but I remember it being really hot!

Atlantic City International Triathlon: September 15, 2013, Atlantic City NJ. I competed in this race in it’s inaugural year and loved it. A race in my hometown? Heck yes! At the time, I was living in DC, so it was pretty easy to make the 3.5 hour drive up to race. Now that I’m in Florida, it takes a bit more planning (and $$) to make this race happen. I’m very much on the fence about this race, but I would love to go back for it. 

Lots to think about (and budget for!)

Which ones should I register for? What’s your favorite triathlon?

Triathlon Season is Here!

24 05 2012

As I neared the end of my marathon training, I was anxious for triathlon season. I was tired of the running training, and I was ready for some long bike rides and bricks. Heck, I wanted to race a tri so badly, I considered signing up for a sprint on the weekend after the marathon. Thankfully I didn’t register, and I probably would have only done an aquabike anyhow because my foot was hurting pretty badly.

However, 2 days after the marathon I pulled the trigger and registered for the Crystal River Sprint Triathlon on May 26th. My XP Multisport swim buddies had this race on their calendar, and with talk of going to float down the Rainbow river afterwards, I was happy to sign up!

After registering, I sat idle on my race calendar. A sprint in May and a HIM in October were all I had planned. Usually by now, I’d have most of my races picked out, but this year the marathon took all my focus, and pushed my tri training to the side.

Another reason I didn’t happily fill my race calendar with tris right after the marathon ended was that I had heard that though there are LOTS of races in the area, many of them are sprints. In the summer it just gets too hot to do an Olympic. Though I enjoy them, I didn’t want to fill my summer with sprints only. I prefer longer distances, thank you.

That all changed this week. I did a little more research, and found an Olympic distance tri in Orlando on June 16th. So, Bill and I are going to race in the Moss Park Father’s Day triathlon together. I’m SUPER excited about this race because it is Bill’s first real tri! He’s been training hard, so I can’t wait to see how he does!! I’m also excited because the run is only 5.6 miles 🙂

This week also included several emails about the USAT Age Group National Championships. A few of my training buddies and I have all qualified, so we’ve casually been saying how it would be really fun to take our little team up there. By “up there” I mean Burlington, Vermont. And yes, we all live in Tampa, FL.

Jess sent out an email this week with the estimated costs of driving and flying up there (She’s awesome). A few more emails and tweets were exchanged, and then Courtney tweeted this:

Which was followed by:

ROAD TRIP!!! Yup, I’ll be headed up to Age Group Nationals with Team XPMultisport! It will certainly be an exhausting weekend, but tons of fun.

That gets me to two Olympics, one sprint, and one HIM for the season. I’m one happy camper triathlete. I’ve also got my eye on the Top Gun Sprint in July, but my wallet needed a break this week. 🙂

Oh, and my foot is feeling a TON better (knock on wood!), so I’m extra happy!

So, just like that, I’ve got races on my calendar, and I’m excited about the season. I’m looking forward to my first Florida race, but I’m also a little nervous about gators. EEP! I don’t think they’ll cause any problems with lots of athletes splashing around, but you never know! I’m also interested to see how the Florida competition compares to the DC competition. 🙂

Bring it on!