I work shift work in a casino. That is by choice – I gave up a regular Monday-Friday 8-5 gig to go do something I love. So while I love my job, working shift work presents some major challenges.
One of those challenges is getting time off for races. Without getting into a lot of detail about the strnge schedule we work, it is enough to say that I share responsibilities with several other managers, and because one of us must be on duty at all times, it is difficult for more than one of us to take vacation at a time. During the off season, this isn’t a problem, but prime racing season (June, July, August) is also prime vacation time.
Yesterday I found out that I will not be able to take vacation at the end of July when the Calgary Ironman 70.3 is held. Another manager (with more seniority) has also requested that week, and he gets it. That is the bad news. The good news is that the first three weeks of July are available, as it appears none of the other managers have booked any of that time. (I have the least seniority, so I pick last). So now I’m looking at possible races for July that are close enough that we can drive to them (so not in Europe!), and might also make a nice vacation spot. So far, there are two that stand out: Ironman 70.3 Racine, and Ironman 70.3 Lake Stevens. The Racine one is closer, and the run portion goes through the Racine Zoo – how cool! The Lake Stevens one is farther away (and the bike course will have mountains… ugh!), but Washington State is beautiful, and we could take a couple extra days and vacation in Seattle. Tough choice, and the cost will come in to our decision too, of course.
August is a possibility, but I don’t know what vacation dates may still be available, and I don’t want to leave it until August only to find out I can’t get any time off then either. The Ironman 70.3 Boulder is August 5 – that one would be SO cool! Or there is Ironman 70.3 Branson in September, too. But that is leaving it pretty late in the season… decisions, decisions!
There is one other option (a much, much cheaper one) – there is a fairly local race about 2 hours from here that is the half Iron distance that same weekend… we could do that. 😛 Or there are a bunch in Minnesota we could look at too. So lots of options, but it was a bit disappointing not to get my first choice.
Even though I did not get my first choice vacation week, I did get all the weekends off that I wanted for running weekends. We registered for the WPS Half Marathon on May 6 already. The Manitoba Marathon is June 17. And we’re going to be in Las Vegas for my birthday on May 26 (which is when the Air Force Half should be) – so no racing that weekend!
Add to that at least two Olympic triathlons, and it is going to be a busy, busy summer. Lots of planning to do still!
Not so good yesterday – I wrote 1 blog post, did not work out, but I did update my blog roll. Today is a new day.
1. Set up new website
2. Print business posters
3. Post ads on Kijiji
4. Write 2 blog posts
5. 1 workout