1/2 marathon (Peterborough)
Done! This was a race day sign-up, it wasn't really part of the plan, but I hadn't raced since October and I got the itch.
30K run (Around the Bay, Hamilton)
I've wanted to do this one ever since I heard about it, although it's a bit long for an early season effort. It's kept me running all winter, getting in those LSD's (long slow distance). I'm up to 25K and ready to race next weekend!
60K Mountain Bike Race (Paris to Ancaster)
I've done this race 3 years in a row, so it makes the cut just based on the fun factor and continuity. I'm going to spend the rest of the year on the road bike, so why not have some fun in the mud in spring...
10K run (Sporting Life)
They advertise this one as the fastest 10K in Canada... it's predominantly downhill, and everyone who does it seems to set a Personal Best. I don't have a very good 10K time, so here's my chance! And 10K is easy to recover from, this shouldn't put a dent in my cycling, which will be ramping up big-time by this time.
Long-course triathlon - Muskoka
2000m swim, 55k bike, 15k run... this will be my longest triathlon to date, and the longest I'll do before Ironman. I went back and forth with this one and a 1/2 Ironman, but the 1/2 was a little too close to the full for comfort. This gives me time to recover and get some solid miles in before Ironman.
Sprint Triathlon - pick one! Maybe Belwood.
I haven't decided which one I'll do, there are a bunch in Ontario in July. I just want that last race experience to get me pumped up for the big day! I'll treat it as a training run.
3800m swim, 180k bike, and a full 42.2k marathon... the is my ultimate goal for 2009, and most likely the longest distance and time I will ever attempt in my life. I want to get there healthy and prepared, it's the only race of the year that matters, everything else is just appetizers.
I'll play it by ear, but I want to do something to keep myself sharp before training for 2010 starts!
2009's theme is LONGER, 2010's will be FASTER. Stay tuned!