I've spent some time planning out my 2013 race schedule, and it is coming together nicely. After my experience trying to race after Ironman Louisville last year, I have opted to end my season with the long race this year and build on other races throughout the year. Here is what I have planned at the moment:
Flower City Duathlon
Flower City Half Marathon
Rochester Spring Classic Duathlon
Keuka Lake Olympic
Ironman 70.3 Syracuse
New York City Olympic
Ironman 70.3 Boulder
Rochester Triathlon (Olympic)
Hy-vee Olympic (if I qualify out of NYC)
The bold races are the races I have already committed to and signed up for. The other ones are tentative. If I can manage to qualify for 70.3 World Championships I will race that as well. I'm hopeful to pull a spot down in Syracuse, but we'll see. I have debated throwing another half in, but I'm not sure where. I could go to Florida in May and race that 70.3 or I have considered doing Timberman. That is a race I've wanted to do for a couple years now. I am trying to be careful not to over race myself though, so I have to strike a balance somewhere.
Hopefully others out there are putting their schedules together based on their goals and ambitions for next year. Whether it is to achieve a PR, race a new distance, or travel to a new destination I hope everyone is looking forward to a great season. Let your goals help you grind through the winter months when you are running in the cold, or on the treadmill, or pounding away on the pedals on the trainer in the basement like me. Winter training can be monotonous, but the benefits of being ready to go in the spring are worth it.