Sunday, January 6, 2008

2008 – The “A” Races.

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Triathlons


In typical Dan fashion I am sure this post will be all over the place. But for 2008 the main focus is going to be Triathlons. And I have two races that will be my main focus and I will fill in the schedule with some other local sprint Tri’s. The furthest Tri in distance is going to be Black Bear.


Black Bear will be a Half Ironman distance. For the non tri people out there (I see my Uncle Jack has been following the blog) that is swim 1.2 miles, cycle 56 miles and then run a ½ marathon (13.1 miles). I wish this race was later in the year but I can't change that so this will take place June 1st. The allure of this race is that it is only minutes from Jim Thorpe Pa. and I have an uncle that has a house up there (uncle Fred is battling some health issues right now but I hope he is well enough to come see me race). I think I can get some other family members (Uncle Jack) to come up as well. My only goal of this race is to finish in the time limit, I say this on Jan 6th and honestly I hope that my goal changes and I set a little time goal as I get closer to the race.


The 2nd “A” race will be NJ State Olympic Distance Tri. This is later in July and I have not set a goal yet, but I will certainly be setting some realistic time goals as the race gets closer. Both these races are put on by CGI Racing who from what I hear put on great races.


The sprints that I will do most likely will come from DQ, and no that is not Dairy Queen, those are the Tri’s I used to compete in.


Running


I again will try to get in the lottery for the ING NYC Marathon. It’s a goal and I just have to do it someday. If I was to get in it is in November and I would know about it in July so I would start the training right after the NJ State Tri. That would give me 3+ months to get ready and I hope to be at a much better fitness at that point. If I do not get in to NYC I am still considering doing Steamtown Marathon in the Fall. But we will see about that. Check out the elevation chart for the Steamtown Marathon. Now that is my kind of race.



17 comments:

SUB6 said...

Exciting times ... June 1st ... that's only a 20+ week training block away :)

... and then maybe the marathon after that. That is an aggressive race plan :) Good stuff!

ShoreTurtle said...

Good luck with your goals in 2008!

The NJ State Tri is a couple of miles from my new house. I hope to watch it this year.

J-Wim said...

An all downhill marathon......now that sounds like my kind of race.

May the force (of gravity) be with you...

Pat said...

Steamtown reminds me of the St. GeorgeUtah marathon. If you trip, you could roll for 2-3 miles. Good luck with the plans, the tri's and races sound great.

I plan to apply for NYC too. Let's cross our fingers.

Jeff said...

Looks like a strong plan, Dan. Is Baltimore (relay/half/full) still a possibility?

cindy said...

Looks like a well-planned out 2008. Best of luck!!

triguyjt said...

good luck on the half iron goal.
break it down into little pieces..all will be easier to swallow (train for)..
just have a goal each week. hope your uncle can come to see you race

WADDLER26.2 said...

Looks like a great year ahead. i can't wait to follow your journey to the half.

Non-Runner Nancy said...

Nice. I'm so not worthy. :D

BTW, my number was 15 but I have only one at home and sometimes that is more than I can handle!!

SJ Tony said...

Dan, you should try AC, close to home very flat, but....... it is boring

TrainingtoTri said...

Awesome goals Dan! I want to do a HIM too, but just don't know if I will be ready to swim 1.2 miles by summer, ugh! Can't wait to read the race report.

Ryan said...

The Black Bear HIM looks like a tough course. At least the swim will be flat! Good luck and training starts NOW!

IronTriTim said...

Dan, good luck with the Half Iron. As for your time, its your first Half, just aim to finish who knows what the day will bring. I am sure you will blow your time away.

Pokey said...

NYC....that is so awesome! Makes my stomach flip flop just thinking about it. I hope someday I can have that on my goal list too!! :)

Tri-Dummy said...

Is this going to be your first HIM?

Donald said...

Sounds like a fun year - enjoy it!

monica said...

half im. woo hooooo!!!!

nyc marathon is MY FAVORITE!!! i sign up for the lottery every year and have gotten in 3 out of 5 years. keep entering the lottery. if you don't get in 3 years in a row, you're GUARANTEED entry the 4th year!!

here's to '08!!