Racing Plan for 2012

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!

Goals update:

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

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6 Responses to Racing Plan for 2012

  1. auntiekim says:

    I made the blogroll! Thanks 🙂

    So weird because, no lie, I was trying to find your email on your blog yesterday to send you an email to ask what you did for a living. You’d said you weren’t working as an accountant anymore and you’d said you did shift work, so I couldn’t figure out what you were doing. The only thing I could think of was nursing, or something similar. A casino! That never even occurred to me. What do you do exactly?

    Such a bummer about your vacation. I’ll be curious to see which option you choose. They all sound cool, especially the one with the zoo!

    • Kris says:

      Yep – I really needed to update it, I was so behind! I’ll have to create a contact me page, my email should be out there!

      I’m a casino manager – I have the customer services department (valet, gift store, etc), but about 75% of the time, I’m also the senior manager on shift responsible for the whole casino. Which is why one of us needs to be there all the time, making vacation bidding a challenge! But I love my job, so it’s all good. 🙂

      • auntiekim says:

        That sounds so interesting!! Wow. I can’t even begin to imagine what it would be like to work in a casino. Except for the show Las Vegas. Did you ever see that show? With Josh Duhamel? YUM.

        • Kris says:

          Yes – loved that show! (And yes, Josh D is very yummy!) I only wish our casino was that glamorous. 😛 But it’s still a lot of fun, and keeps life interesting.

  2. Stormy says:

    I look forward to reading about all of your events. Sorry you didnget 1st pick but there are several good options available. Here’s to a productive week.

    • Kris says:

      It turned out for the best, when we did our budget we realized that it would have been too hard to come up with the cash for the race anyway! Maybe next year…

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