Amy and I just bought 'em! Our summer EuroTrip is official! Now I can make the "Race Calendar of the Century" official as well. Instead of writing a list, I decided to throw on some Foo Fighters and give you each of my upcoming races along with my opinions on each one. Because if you didn't want my opinion then why are you here? I have done a few fun races already this year, including the Sun Run 10k, 12 hrs in Papago, The Runners Den Pancake Run, and the 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo. From these race experiences, I have learned a few things. To summarize, racing dumb hurts. A lot. Racing smart feels significantly better and tends to result in a faster race. Also, I enjoy mountain biking but let's just say my skills are lacking there!
Looking ahead: Up next is the Mountain To Fountain 15k (M2F). Now you might be thinking, "That doesn't sound like an A race for a triathlete," until I tell you this: The winning team wins their heaviest teammate's weight in BEER! I just bought tickets to Europe, therefore I need some free beer!
|M2F 2014. Hoping for a similar scene this year!|
Following M2F is the Oro Valley Sprint Triathlon. I hope to race some other Desert Endurance athletes, including a couple that I coach. I want to blow the cobwebs out of tri racing before I get to the real spring race of the season. I am heading back to the one the only WILDFLOWER. Executing this race well is something that still eludes me. I hope to change that this season. Either way, it is far and away the most fun race I have ever done. The drive is long, the course is legit, and the people are amazing. Plus, how cool would it be to get 2 Jesses on the podium??
After Wildflower starts the journey of a lifetime. No, I am not talking about the Euro trip yet. First, Amy needs to qualify for the Trials. We are headed to Eugene for a long run. Since I get bored pretty easily, I decided to jump in the race with Amy and most of the all-star cast of The Sonoran Distance Project. I hope to hold on to the house marathon PR and get to see Amy qualify for the Trials firsthand. One month later, we embark on our badass Euro trip.
|Eugene will be just like this...hopefully minus the 12 year old|
First, we head to Denmark to kick things off with Challenge Denmark. I love Challenge races, and am excited to race a couple of them this season. I hope the strength I gain from Wildflower training will correlate to speed on this flat, fast course. Word on the street is that Macca is racing too. If his hand survives the swim, I am excited to race against him, because hey, you never know!
|a race in Denmark with a run in legoland...|
Then we roll down to Italy to kick it for a month. During this month I need to figure out how to climb. Next up is basically the craziest race in the world, that can only be summed up in this video:
|Oravaman run course|
Up soon, an introduction to the support for the season! Thanks everyone!