After some needed downtime to rest, recover and enjoy the holiday season, it is time to start gearing back up for the 2015 race season. I am excited about the schedule I have put together for the year. It is a good mix of races that have different purposes. Some will be meant as long, hard training days as practice for the bigger races. Others will be preparation for other races. Lastly, some will be my priority races that I really try to target and do well at.
March 15 - Ironman 70.3 Puerto Rico
This will be my first race of the season and my first 70.3 as a professional. I picked this race because I know the course from racing here last year and because it will likely have a smaller professional field due to its travel logistics, being a smaller point/prize purse race, and there being a bigger race the same day that I assume more professionals will be drawn to. The goal for this race is to test my early season base fitness, knock off the winter rust, and get a 70.3 under my belt as a professional.
April 25 - Flower City Duathlon
I crashed in spectacular fashion at this race last year and ended up coming in second. I plan to go back and reclaim the title this year in a fun, local race that I need a little redemption at. This race will also serve as a great opportunity for some speed work prep for the following weekend.
May 2 - Wildflower Long Course
I am really excited to do this race as it is a race that has been on my bucket list for a while. To have the opportunity to race it this year is awesome. It is known as a really challenging bike course, which I'm looking forward to. I won't have much outdoor biking in by this point most likely, but it will be a good early test for my legs. It is also known as a really competitive field, so it will be my first big test against a big group of solid professionals at the 70.3 distance.
June 7 - Challenge Quassy
Another course that is extremely challenging. This one brings a very tough bike and run course. My plan for this race is to train right into it and use it to gain some fitness and as a test run for my next race, which will be only two weeks later.
June 21 - Ironman 70.3 Mont Tremblant
Who wouldn't want to go back here? After racing in Tremblant last year I immediately decided that I would be going back in 2015. The venue is amazing and the course is about as good as they get. I feel like I under performed there last year as it is a course that suits me very well so I want to go back and see what I'm capable of. This is an "A-priority" race for me and I plan to be tapered, rested, and ready to go at this one.
July 19 - NYC Triathlon
A shorter race that will be a good speed work opportunity on a course with a current aided swim. Hopefully I can come out of the water not too far back since we will have that strong current with us and I can get a good workout from the threshold biking and running. Plus the race is done by 8am so I will have the rest of the day to enjoy the city.
July 26 - Ironman 70.3 Calgary
This is another race that I expect to have a smaller professional field. The points/prize money are on the smaller side and Calgary isn't really close to too much. It is another race that I have targeted to hopefully do well at because of that.
August 1 - I am getting married! Triathlon season takes a time out while I get married to an amazing girl.
August 30 - Challenge Maine
I've always heard that Maine is beautiful, so I figured that for my last weekend before returning to school in September I'd go check it out. This is a preparation race for my Ironman in a month, so I'll be using it as a solid training day.
September 27 - Ironman Chattanooga
Another current aided swim! I wish they were all like this. In all seriousness though, I am really looking forward to this race. It got great reviews after its inaugural race in 2014 and it sounds like it is a course that suits me well with rolling hills and a bike course that is actually four miles long.
November 22 - Philadelphia Marathon
After going to this race last year to cheer on my sister, we decided to both go back and run it this year. The course was great and the city seemed to really embrace the race. I've always wanted to run Boston, so I'm going to with intention of earning a qualifying time for that. It will be fun to share the course with my sister as well!
It is definitely going to be a busy year, but hopefully a fun one as well. I didn't race much in 2014 and this year I wanted to give myself a few extra chances to gain some experience in the pro field. I know I have a lot of work to do if I want to mix it up with these world class athletes, but the only way to get better is to put yourself up against them. Hopefully it will be a year of learning and growth.