Over the past five months my plans, both in life and triathlon, have pretty radically changed. I was originally planning on racing Ironman Texas in May (I even went down to Houston to ride the course) but a scheduled trial at work got in the way and I made the decision to withdraw from Ironman Texas. Regardless of issues with work, this was probably a good choice as life and my inability to recover from bronchitis made training consistently fairly difficult.
Having withdrawn from Texas, I was without an “A” race, so I made the decision to find a way into Ironman New York City (or Ironman New Jersey — whatever you want to call it). This wasn’t the easiest race to enter. In July of 2011 the race sold out in about 8 minutes and the Ironman Community Foundation slots sold out pretty quickly thereafter. Pretty much the only way in was by raising funds for a charity. A lot of the charities I was interested in working with (ASPCA, CAF, Covenant House Home Team and Team Hole in the Wall) were sold out and the remaining ones had incredibly high fundraising requirements ($8,900 for Team in Training). The “easiest” way in was a $3000 donation to the Palisades Park Commission to assist in funding the re-paving of Alpine Hill, a cycling training climb in the New York City area. Not the most glamorous of options, but it still got me an entry (as an aside to Kim — I have no idea how much money I have spent — and wasted– on race entries this year).
With the focus on IMNYC instead of IMTexas, the race shcedule changed as well. Here’s the schedule for 2012:
05/06/2012 – Bassman Half – Bass River State Forest, NJ
06/02/2012 – Rev 3 Olympic – Middlefield, CT
06/30/2012 – Tupper Lake Tinman – Tupper Lake, NY
07/22/2012 – Tri Quonset – North Kingston, RI
08/11/2012 – Ironman New York City
I get to start the racing season this weekend in New Jersey. It will be interesting to race after a not-so-great winter and a nasty bought of bronchitis over the past two weeks. Hopefully I keep my head together, hit my heart rates and finish strong. I counting on things only going up from here.