Mar 11

The Plan For 2013

Today kicks off the official start of my 2013 season. I’ve had a few fun races earlier this year, but all of my training has been completely unstructured. It was a lot of fun and gave me some time off mentally. However, now it is time to kick things into gear. Today is 24 weeks out from Michigan Titanium so I’ll be starting a 24-week training plan (basically the same plan I used to train for IMMT and IMWI).

Week 1 starts off nice and easy – only 11 hours of workouts. Today is a 1 hour bike and 1 hour swim. It should be interesting as they will be my first workouts in a week since getting sick. I tried to work out a couple times but was reduced to a fit of coughing. Fingers crossed!

As for a race schedule, here is what I have so far for this year. If there are any races you are going to be at, let me know so I can look for you!

Irish Jig 5k – 3/16 – This is a hard one to go fast at for me because it is fairly crowded. So much so that the men’s and women’s races are separate which is nice because Jennie and I get to cheer for each other. A couple weeks ago I had hope to flirt with a PR here but this flu has shot that idea down the crapper.

Barry Roubaix – 3/23 – I did this race for the first time last year. 35 miles of dirt and gravel roads. I have a nicer bike for this years race, but it really all comes down to road conditions. It is taking longer to warm up than last year which could make things interesting. Plus, the course is slightly different and they opened up registration to an extra 1000 riders.

Fisk Knob TT – 4/14 – Again, another repeat from last year. I’m hoping to crush the hell out of this time trial. 17-ish miles of all out speed with a killer climb to the finish line.

Rivertown Races Half Marathon – 4/27 – A new addition this year. Actually a brand new race altogether. I’m running the half and Jennie & Nate are doing the 5k. It was cheap and should be a good warm up for the River Bank Run.

River Bank Run 25k – 5/11 – A annual tradition. This will be 9 in a row. Depending on how training goes over the next couple months, I will determine if I am going to shoot for a PR (1:54-ish) or just try and maintain my 2 Hour Club status.

Trifecta – 5/19 – Not sure if this is happening this yet or not. I missed doing this one last year and want to check it out. 42 miles of dirt roads and single track visiting 3 different trail systems.

Grand Rapids Tri 70.3 – 6/9 – I’m looking forward for a comeback after a frustrating race last year. The bike course is slightly different than last year; a bit hillier but smoother roads so it should even out. However, it is 6 days before Nate’s due date so it could be a potential DNS.

MSU Gran Fondo or Reeds Lake 5k & 10k – 6/29 – I still have to pick one of these two events. I’m leaning towards the Gran Fondo because it is brand new and will be the first Gran Fondo in the area. The Reeds Lake 5k & 10k (you can race both because of staggered start times) is close to home though.

Tri Del Sol – 7/20 – Taking things back to where it all started. Tri Del Sol 2008 was my first tri ever. I did it again the following year but haven’t been back. It should be fun to see how fast I can go while doing endurance training.

Millennium Triathlon – 8/3 – Bringing back another race from my early days. I’ve done this one twice (signed up 3 times but the 3rd was cancelled because of weather).

Michigan Titanium 140.6 – 8/25 – The big races of the season. After volunteering last year, I am excited to participated this year. While not a Kona Qualifier, the smaller field should allow me to hopefully place fairly well. Plus, it isn’t every day that you can sleep in your own bed before an ironman race.

Reeds Lake Tri – 9/7 – This has become perenial season ender for me.

Bridge Run – 9/15 – This one has never fit into my schedule before and I have never raced a 10 miler before. I get a free entry this year though as part of the RunGR group.

Grand Rapids Marathon – 10/19 – Now that I have Lifetime Registration, why not? No idea what the plan will be but I would definitely consider doing MyTeamTriumph again like this past year.

There are a few other races and events that I would like to do, but they are secondary and it all depends on what my schedule looks like when it gets closer.

Ride Around Kent County – 5/18 – I did this 2 years ago and it is an awesome training ride. 150 miles around the county.

Greenville Tri – 6/2 – A buddy of mine is organizing this one and it would be great to support it. It all depends on Nate’s schedule for it though.

Jenison Tri – 5/18 – A new event this year – probably the earliest outdoor tri in the area. At this rate though, they better hope the water is warm enough for a swim.

Lowell 50 Spring/Fall – I did spring 28 mile course and fall 50 mile course last year. I’m going to be a fair weather racer this year though. If the weather is looking good, I may sign up at the last minute.

Honeycreek Duathlon – September – This was a fun event last year and I might go for it again if the weekend is open. I actually think duathlons might be harder than triathlons (at least for me). The run at the beginning really cooks the legs for the bike.

Iceman – 11/2 – This is a huge bike race up north. It is already sold out (filled up in 32 minutes) but they allow transfers.

Le Tour de Donut – September – Just depends on what else is going on but definitely a possibility if not simply for the donuts and cider.

Augusta Ironman 70.3 – 9/29 – This one has the potential to be a blast. Huge blogger meetup and a great race. It would, however, involve a 16 hour car ride with a 3 month old.

How is your training going? What are you big events for 2013?

Thanks for reading!

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  1. Beth

    I love that Jennie is planning on running a 5k 7-8 months pregnant…. and is even willing to let you consider driving 16 hours with a 3 month old. She’s a keeper 🙂
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  2. Scott

    Pick the Gran Fondo!! Talk about a fun, exciting, and humbling type of race!!

    I am considering coming up for MiTI, depends how I feel after IMSW
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  3. TriMOEngr

    It’s so cute when soon to be new parents make plans for anytime in the first three months after a baby is to be born (much less in the couple weeks before the birthday). It sounds like you are perfectly ok with the idea of a DNS so no judgement here. I just remember having had NO CLUE as to the extent of the life change. Though maybe I’m just still traumatized (12 years later) from the 3 months of colic. You guys are a great team and will do fine I’m sure.
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  4. Jon

    Need a domestique for Le Tour de Donut?
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  5. Matt Smith

    I LOVE to see that Augusta made the list!!! I totally understand if that just doesn’t work out, but it will be so awesome if it does! I don’t know if Nate will be doing some bottles by then, but that would really help. Otherwise, it’s stopping every couple hours! Try 32 hour drive!!! Yikes!

    Great schedule, by the way! I like how you’ve totally mixed it up with some mountain bike, TT rides, long rides, short fast 5k’s and long fast marathons. Good work. Do you have a yearly budget that from racing? Do you pick them all out at the beginning of the year and then buy them during the early bird pricing?

    I can’t wait to meet Nate!!!
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  6. Matt

    Alright, I know I haven’t commented in awhile, but why do you punish me with forcing me to enter all of my info AGAIN!?

    Damn man, that is a pretty stacked season. Looks like it will be a fun year again for you.

    Hopefully you have plenty of time to train and rest pre-baby 🙂
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  7. Jeff Irvin

    That is a lot of blue hyperlinks (-:

  8. onelittlejill

    WOW!!!!! What a season you have planned- and with a baby on the way! I am impressed 🙂
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  9. Carolina John

    That’s quite a season! Tons of great races. I love that you plan on racing after the baby comes. Nothing like sleep deprivation as a recovery technique. ha!
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  10. Mandy

    WOW!! That’s a lot of racing for a new Dad!! 🙂 Awesome!! Sounds like you have a great season lined up!!


    Kevin – That’s a nice looking race calendar! Have you heard about Kona Inspired? It’s a video submission contest and the prize…. An entry into the 2013 IRONMAN World Championship! Just saying, that could be a great addition to your calendar. Check out http://www.konainspired.com for more information.

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