Okay so I didn't get into New York which is not at all surprising. I am going to have to wait until my guaranteed spot in 2014. On another note I've basically written off triathlons this year. First off, because I am enjoying concentrating on running and I really want to try and PR a marathon this year. Secondly, I really don't like biking:) There I've said it. Don't get me wrong, I love a leisurely ride, a good spin class or commuting on a bike. I even enjoy a good 20 miler with no pressure but I dread a 40 mile hilly ride where I have to push the tempo the entire time. There are many reasons for this, most importantly I am not a good biker. Also there is so much equipment etc... involved so it takes forever just to get our there and heaven forbid if you have a flat; it's so time consuming. For a run you grab your shoes and you're out the door; swimming is a little worse but still minimal equipment or things that can go wrong. Finally I am terrified of going fast, especially downhill, or being hit by a car. In Portland, you can't just leave your house and go on a long, fast ride. You have to either pack up your bike and drive out to a non-traffic filled area or navigate through cars, people etc...for your first 5 miles which makes me very nervous.
These are all things I dealt with when doing other tri's and Ironman but if I had my choice I'd rather swim or run any day before getting the required mileage in on my bike. So for this year; tri's are out and hopefully I'll pick it back up next year. I am still going to try to do Deschutes Dash as a fun race; either as a relay with my dad or I'll just suffer through the bike leg.
Starting June 18th, I am in full blown marathon training for Long Beach and depending on the outcome of that race I may try to run CIM in December as well but I am not sure if 7 weeks is enough time between marathons. I am excited to actually have a 16 week, day by day schedule that will really make me push myself to become a better runner. Enough of this non-training business. I'd like to actually run a race instead of just finish a race. Here is my revised race schedule -
8. June 23rd - Seattle Rock N' Roll Half (3 Medals)
9. July 14th - Deschutes Dash Olympic (Medal)
10. Aug 24th and 25th- Hood To Coast (Medal)
11. September 22nd - Denver Rock N' Roll Half (2 Medals)
12. October 7th - Long Beach Marathon - (Medal)
13. October 28th – LA Rock N’Roll (2 Medals)
14. December 2nd – California International Marathon (1 Medal)