Friday, November 6, 2009

Friday Dose of Fitness

I had a great run today - so great in fact that I swear I could have run double the distance I did today. Must be all the fresh snow on the ground that got me feeling so fluid. The run got me thinking about my race plan for 2010. I need to know that I am doing a race soon to keep me training. As usual, per Mandy, overly ambitious. I always think big.

- January - 4.5 mile Thaw, Belgrade, ME
- Ski my butt off at Sugarloaf
- End Jan-Early Feb - Baxter Park Trek (5 days, 4 nights)
- Feb - Mid-Winter 10 Mile Classic, Cape Elizabeth, ME
- Polar Bear 5K
- Ski my butt off at Sugarloaf
- March - Another Baxter Trip! That place is a wonderland in the winter
- Ski my butt off at Sugarloaf
- May - Polar Bear Tri (Sprint)
- Sugarloaf Marathon
- June - Pirate Tri (sprint)
- August - Timberman Half Ironman Triathlon (70.2)
- Sept - Lobsterman Triathlon
- Oct - MDI Marathon

I know people think I am crazy. Hell, I think I am crazy sometimes - but the thing is that I love to race longer distances. Nothing makes me feel more alive than when I am participating in an event with other like-minded (crazy) people all trudging along for the same goal. This is speaking from marathon experiance, but as I explore triathlon, I feel the same mid-packer unity I felt in marathon: Must.Get.To.The.Finish.

Planning big is one thing, but I know that actually getting to the start line is another. You can say all day that you want to run a marathon, or that you want to do an Ironman someday - but are you willing to do what it takes to get to that starting line ready and able to compete? That means early mornings and early nights, less bar time and more time in the saddle.

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