On the Horizon

So if you haven't gone over to raceathlete.com (and you're a triathlete that's into that kinda thing) definitely go check it out, and decide if you want to toe the line at IM MOO next year and get a chance to train with some famed tri bloggers out there, oh and with some awesome goodies to go along with that!

Seems everyone is starting to commit for various races next year, so there's been a lot of thinking going on in my end on what I want to do with my 2007 season. Do I want to do an early marathon on top of Boston? Do I want to do Boston? Do I want to do Triple T (3 days, 4 races totaling a bit more than an IM) or is that too close to the Madison to Chicago relay? Do I want to go back to my fave Olympic tri in Chicago in August or do I want to payback CRIM in a bad way for this years downer? Do I want to go back to Steelhead and try to get faster on the bike and actually run up those hills? Do I want to do IM MOO? Do I want to focus on ultras, buckeye 50k and maybe another in the fall? Do I want to focus on 5ks? How about going back to Richmond marathon and aiming for a 3:20, maybe stick closer to home and do Columbus of Flying pig? Do I want to spend a year just training for nothing in particular? The list goes on and on as you can see.

Right now the only official race on the books is the Great Midwest Relay which should be a freaking blast. 12 RBFers in two vans racing from Madison to Chicago in less than 36 hours. How cool is that?

I must say that I am super pumped for all my peeps doing IM MOO on Sunday and it is sooooo tempting to sign up to do it with Stu and all the others next year. But there are so many factors that I feel are pulling me in another direction. I mean just the entry fee is ridiculous in my mind. $450 for a race that I might not even complete? Why the heck does it have to be so expensive? I seriously cannot justify that cost, not at my current state of debt and income. Add to that the worries of if I even want to ride my bike 112 miles. I am honestly not sure if I do want to ride that far... I know I can, I just don't know if it's what I want.

I do know I would like to crush a tri next year, and I think the best opportunity for that would be Steelhead or Chicago, I just have to decide which distance I want to train for. I'm leaning towards Olympic.

I can't wait for my trail marathon next week and I think how that goes will probably help me decide what I want to focus on next year as far as running goes. Right now my brain is having a little war with itself, speed vs. adventure and endurance. I go back and forth daily.

I was hoping if I started to write all this out something would start to piece itself together but I think I still have some more thinking to do. Why do there have to be so many exciting options? It is so hard to just choose a few when you want to do them all!

10 comments:

Rae said...

One thing is for sure - the relay is going to be a BLAST. No way am I missing that!!

I'm with you - so many races, so little time!! There's just too much time at work, I wish I could be a professinal athlete. After the 50 this fall you may go all ultra!!

DaisyDuc said...

Decisions, decisions....always so much to do & so little time! Funny less than 15 minutes ago, I was just dicussing my 07 thoughts with my husband for my race!

mouse said...

good luck tomorrow, Elizabeth! or is it sunday? either way, kick some butt!

NEXT WEEKEND AT THIS TIME WE'LL BE GETTING READY TO RUN A MARATHON! YAY! =)

Lana said...

So many options!! I'm sure that whatever you decide, you'll do great with it.

Vickie said...

Elizabeth, thanks for visiting my blog and the good wishes after my accident. Hopefully be back at it soon.

Habeela said...

Isn't it just the awful blessing of too many good options! I'm struggling with the same decisions myself. Graduation and not knowing if I'm going to pick up my life and move half way around the world makes planning really complicated as well. I hope one morning you wake up and just know what the answer is. :)

IHateToast said...

there's a marathon in Alice Springs. 34 runners total. i think that's the race for you!

Lloyd said...

What a dilemma. The Great Midwest Relay looks fun!

iliketoast said...

how about pacing a marathon .. you could have a little sign on your back ... "catch me if you can"

can't believe you left off the Vegas marathon dressed as Elvis

toughcookie7 said...

I've decided against doing MOO. I don't have the money, and honestly, I feel like I need another season under my belt before I take the plunge. I'll probably go back to Steelhead and try to break 6hr, and work on trying to qualify for Boston.