October 21, 2019

Planning Next Year’s Events

Over the course of the past couple of weeks I have started contemplating the upcoming race year and am working to finalize what the 2011 race calendar will likely look like.  I am always thinking  a few years in advance and this year was no exception … I had already committed myself to GORE-TEX™ TransRockies® Run and Ironman Cozumel, what follows is my expected race calendar for 2011 as well as some thoughts for 2012 and beyond.

(1) Pedal Power: 3rd Annual Aria Spa & Club Winter Triathlon – Januray 29, 2011

This race is quickly becoming a classic Colorado winter race and training event.  After competing in both of the Pedal Power winter events last year, I am electing to compete only in the event held at the Tennessee Pass Nordic Center.  I will certainly need to work on my Nordic skiing in advance of this one—last year I fnished second to last!

(2) Beaver Creek 10K Snowshoe – Jeremy Wright North American Snowshoe Championships – March 6, 2011

Again, this year I elected to cherry pick a single snowshoe race from this exciting series.  The Jeremy Wright Championship race follows a spectacular and challenging course in and around McCoy Park (Nordic and snowshoe center at Beaver Creek).  These events offer some great high altitude training and a terrific mountain scence and family-friendly vibe.

(3) Cheyenne Mountain 25K – April 23, 2011

While not part of my original 2011 race calendar, early in January of 2011 I learned that my good friend Andrea of Epic Endurance Events had taken the  plunge and would be putting on her first race as “race director.”  Andrea is offering both 25K and 50K distances.  My wife and I will both be running the 25K distance.  The field is limited to 300 … let’s make sure the race sells out!

(4) Triple Bypass (assuming that I get a slot) – July 9, 2011

This event/race is part of my quest toward becoming a stronger cyclist.  The Triple serves up three classic Colorado mountain passes over the course of 120 miles in a singe day: Juniper/Squaw Pass, Loveland Pass, and Vail Pass.  Last year, the race sold out in a matter of 2 and 1/2 hours—I hope I get in!

This year’s Triple Bypass registration offered several different options: 1) a WEST option, 2) a EAST option, and 3) a DOUBLE option: riders who are ultimately selected for this option will ride the WEST course on Saturday and then turn around and ride the EAST couse on Sunday.  I put in for the WEST and EAST option, 1, 2.  Good news!  I will be riding the classic WEST option this year!  Not so good news for my training partner Paul … the DOUBLE for him, just a month out from the TransRockies!?!

(5) XTERRA Beaver Creek, CO OR Leadville Silver Rush 50-Mile MTB Race – July 16, 2011

A choice will have to be made!  Both of these races take place on the same day and each provides unique opportunities to get on my mountain bike and move me closer toward my goal of being competitive in next year’s Leadville Trail 100 MTB Race (again, assuming that I get a slot).  The BC XTERRA race is in my opinion is epic and offfers a great family-oriented weekend.  The Silver Rush offers a preview of some of the most challenging sections of the 100-mile distance race and would definitely move me closer to next year’s goal.  Note that complete information on all the races in the Leadville Race Series can be found here.

(6) Smashed Prairie Dog (Self-Guided Half-Ironman) – TBD

The official race flyer of the inaugural Smashed Prairie Dog Olympic triathlon ... thanks Hope (don't let the lack of an "official" race event stand in your way ... make your own up and go do it)!

My wife and I hosted our first self-guided triathlon on July 29, 2007 … the inaugural “Smashed Prairie Dog” was an Olympic distance race held at Chatfield State Park.  This year we will be upgrading the distance to a half-Ironman.  This exciting event, where I am guaranteed to finish no worse than 2nd place, will likely take place in  early-August or early-October.  This will be a great chance to run through some of my new training gains in anticipation of Cozumel.

(7) GORE-TEX™ TransRockies® Run – August 21 – August 26, 2011

This is my “A” event for the year.  I am totally gearing up—literally, as well as both mentally and physically—for this race experience and will join my training partner/friend Paul Hardcastle to cover approximately 120 miles from Buena Vista, CO to Beaver Creek, CO over the course of 6 days.  This race is fully supported and we will be dining and camping with nearly 500 other runner competing in the full team TransRockies and RUN3 events.

(8) Ironman Cozumel – November 27, 2011

Ironman #2 … going back for some more!  I added Ironman Cozumel to my calendar in no small part in order to provide my family with a much-deserved beach vacation.  The Cozumel event seemed like a great way to wrap up my training year, realize some improvements from this year’s training efforts and, most importantly, spend some quality R&R time with my family. My wife and I will be traveling with two other families, the Hardcastles and the Grubbs, collectively sharing a beautiful beachside villa, and planning on enjoying the event and the comaraderie immensely.  As an aside, my father will also be joining us in Mexico … he has yet to ever see me compete in an endurance evet, so I am looking forward to sharing that experience with him.

For 2012 I am looking at a single major race and goal: being competitive in the Leadville MTB Trail 100 (again, assuming that I get an entry).  Other commitments for 2012 include the two Pedal Power Leadville winter triathlons (I plan on doing much more Nordic skiing next winter), an odd-ball physical challenge race, the Tough Mudder-Beaver Creek (be sure to take time to explore the course map and roll over the respective challenges—crazy but alluring at the same time),  and the D2R2: Deerfield Dirt Road Randonee.  In addition, I will continue to focus on my hypertrophy goals in 2012 and am also contemplating a plunge into the world of adventure racing.

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