I don't race to be competitive. Placing feels really good, but I'm really just thankful that I can finish a triathlon/trail run/5k/anything. I never saw myself as someone who was very athletic. Thankfully, I've got an amazing group of friends to keep me motivated! Doing all of these things is so much more fun when you are with a group of awesome people. I will never do a big run or tri on my own again. Let me give you a little 2012 fun-review to convince you West Michiganders to join me this year:
It's always good to finish a race!
My favorite ladies to tri with. It's a blast!
|We really just complete triathlons for what comes afterwards. I kid, I kid, it's just a bonus!|
The races with an asterisk next to them are races I did last year and will definitely do again.
All of these are in my hometown. I do indoor triathlons on my own and don't see the point of driving all over the state to do one.
*Borgess- February 17
*IronBAC at Bronson- March 23 (My favorite indoor... lots of awesome raffle prizes and massage too!)
*Gazelle Sports- April ?
Most of these are within 30 minutes of home. The ones that aren't are planned vacations.
*Double Time- June 1
*Tri Goddess Tri OR South Haven- June 23
*Inter-Rockin (Or maybe my first Olympic?)- July 7
TRI Allegan- Late July, evening race
Shermanator- August 3
*3Rivers- August 17 (My favorite and hardest outdoor in 2012)
Open Water Swims:
A major goal I have this year is to swim a 5k!
Swim to the Moon (5k swim, hopefully I will find enough people to to the 5k Team)- August 11
Physically Strong (2k swim)- Late August
I'll throw in some 5k runs and other fun runs whenever I can afford it. Runs are not my first priority. I will probably do the Color Run again depending on how many people will do it with me!
Hurt the Dirt (10k)- April 27
Timbertown (10k)- Early August
Here are the websites I use to come up with my training plans:
Tri Newbie 18 Week Plan- For Olympic Triathlons
If you have any other suggestions of how to put together training plans or good FREE resources, please let me know!
Also, let me know if you will be participating in any of these races OR if you know of fun ones in the area or state that I'm missing out on.
Happy training! My hope this year is to stay injury free.