Planning Next Season – A Trip to Quebec?

Racing season is almost over. It was supposed to be over, but after my DNF on Saturday, we’re now thinking about doing the last local race of the season this coming weekend. There are a few challenges around doing the race this weekend: it is a 1.5 hour drive away, and on Sunday. I’m supposed to work Sunday night (5:00 pm to 3:30 am). If I were to race, my day would start at about 5:30 Sunday morning, and would end 23 hours later. Makes for a long day, especially with a 3+ hour race in the middle! It will be our last triathlon of 2012 though. There are half marathons scheduled for the fall, but tri season is over in Manitoba. And the truth is, I’m ready for a break. Getting ready for Racine plus all the work nuttiness in my life lately has me burnt out.

However, without a race to train for, I know me well enough to know, I’ll get lazy and take too much time off. I want to do a full Ironman next year, but after multiple discussions, Bruce & I have decided to delay our full Ironman until 2014. I think we’d be ready next year; he’s not so sure, and the problem is they sell out so fast you have to register a full year in advance. So rather than spend $1,200+ on two registrations only to realize we’re not ready, we’re going to focus on the 70.3 distance next year.

Racine was an awesome experience, but it was not our best race. Our post game analysis told us that there were a lot of things that contributed to our slow time, including the heat, insufficient training, and being unprepared for the hills in WI. Two of those three elements we have control over, and Bruce wants to do at least three half iron distance races next year. The question is – which ones?

We can’t afford three big trips, plus $1,500+ in race fees. However, there are several semi-local half iron distance races, one here in Manitoba, and a few in nearby Minnesota. We would like to do at least one WTC Ironman branded race, and there are quite a few to choose from – there are 3 in Canada alone, plus several in the northern US. But i have my heart set on one in particular – Mont Tremblant, Quebec. It will be held next year on Sunday, June  23, 2013. (OK, I’d actually like to do the full Ironman at MT in August, but like I said….). Why this one? I haven’t been to Quebec since I was five, and I don’t remember any of it. Why not combine our racing trip with a chance to visit an area of Canada I really want to see?

If we do IMMT 70.3 in June, then we could still do either the local half (Morden) in July, or even go to Calgary for their 70.3 at the end of July. Then there is one in Minnesota in early September – three half distance races with reasonable rest periods in between. We haven’t committed yet. The trip to Quebec will be quite pricey, so some planning is required. But I think this is what our plan for next year will look like.

Goals Update: I finished Chrissie Wellington’s book (I’ll post a review soon). I got a bit of the house cleaned, but not enough. I wrote two blog posts. Not great, not bad.

Today’s goals:

1. Write 2 blog posts
2. 1 workout
3. Clean more of the house (maybe?)

Today is a weird day. I worked nights last night, so I should sleep until at least 11:30, but won’t because I need to get in to work early today (by 2:30) for some meetings. I won’t be able to work out until after I get home, if at all – I may not get much done at all. Can’t wait to have a semi-normal schedule again!

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4 Responses to Planning Next Season – A Trip to Quebec?

  1. Carina says:

    Can you race in the morning, take a big nap in the afternoon, then work at night?

    • Kris says:

      That was my plan, but looking at the logistics, I’m not sure I can. I think I’ll do the sprint race instead so that I won’t be quite as tired!

  2. PlumPetals says:

    It’s good that you’ve got quite a few options to choose from for your races next year. Having to register so early must put a lot of pressure on making the decision!

    • Kris says:

      I wish the Ironman races didn’t sell out so far in advance. The Half distance ones don’t, we have time to decide, but the full distance ones are so popular that you basically have to choose a year in advance!

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