Wednesday, March 12, 2014

2014 Race Schedule!

Lucky 13.1 - This is my tune-up run for my April marathon.  I'm hoping for a massive PR.  It's this weekend!

April - Official
Brew-to-Brew Relay - I think this is the 5th year of my running in the Stompin' Sloppy's team.  Since I have a 15 mile run scheduled that day, I'm taking the 3rd leg and the running to Linwood after I pass-off the baton.

Louisville Marathon!  This is my "A" race for the spring and my attempt at a Boston Qualifying time.  I haven't set my official goals yet, but I definitely want a 3:08 marathon to ensure a Boston bib.  My current plan is to line up with the 3:05 pace group as that is the pace I have been training with when I need to do a "marathon race pace" training run.

April - To be determined
Garmin Marathon - Was going to be my Boston Qualifier but elected for Louisville instead due to course concerns.  While I'm registered, I may adjust it to the half as a recovery run.

May - Official
Kansas City Triathlon (Long) - Last year this race was cancelled while we were in our wetsuits waiting for storms to pass.  I'm giving it a shot because it ended up being extremely cheap after a black friday deal and the race organizers offering 2013 participants some good deals.

May - To Be Determined
Kansas City Corporate Challenge 5k - This is the same weekend as a camp that Coach Ken is holding.  So if I can manage that days activities with the 5k, I'll get signed up.

Kansas City Corporate Challenge Bike Race - I did this last year and it was a blast.  I ended up being the fastest participant for my company, so I'd hope to be a good shot for this year too.  Of course, I'm also a co-coordinator for the event, so I might have a good "in" :)

June - To Be Determined
Kansas City Corporate Challenge Track - I always seemed to get suckered into this.  Probably the 1 mile event.  I did the 800 meter event last year but I don't think they'll do it this year.

Kansas City Corporate Challenge Swim - I have always turned this down but with the swim class, I am willing to participant.  My Master's Swim class coach, Doug Hayden, used to be my company's coordinator for the event but he moved to another company this year.

Kansas City Corporate Challenge Triathlon - I enjoy doing this event and am planning on it this year. I'm also the company coordinator for this event but not going to slot myself immediately.  If someone faster registers in my age group, I'll be more than happy to give up the spot.

Grandma's Marathon - My backup BQ race.

June - Official
I have not officially registered for any June events yet.  Every year I have registered for the Hospital Hill Half Marathon but I don't think I'm going to do it this year.  I will honestly say that I'm not really focusing on this race because I'm trying to save a few dollars this year on races.

July - Official
Non registered but I'm looking at Kansas 5150 as a July triathlon.

August - Official
Matt Mason Cowboy Up Triathlon - Sprint distance triathlon.  It takes place in Smithville Lake, which is where I grew up.  So that should be fun.

Chicago Triathlon - This is the "A" race for the second half of the season.  This race should be a blast!  We have a bunch of friends in KC participating as well as a bunch of friends from North Carolina.  I think we our up to 8 people total?  This race is a bucket list item because it's one of the largest triathlons in the world in terms of participation count.  My goal is to PR and finish in the top 10% of my age group. I think that will be easily obtained.  So I'll nail down those goals closer to the event.

September - December
Nothing planned.  I'm sure I'll put in a race to focus on and it may end up being another marathon or a half ironman (Redman Tri?).  I actually do have the Bay State Marathon in my race schedule for late October.  This is a race in Massachusetts that typically BQ's 25% or more of its participants.

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