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Sunday, January 1, 2012

Looking ahead -- 2012 race schedule

Last November, I wrote a post looking ahead at races I wanted to do in the next year.  Out of the races I posted about, I only ended up doing three of them: the LaCrosse Marathon, the Tour de Donut, and the Berryman Adventure Race.  That's OK, though, because it was very much a work in progress, and I managed to fit in a race or two (or twenty-two) in 2011.

This year, I think there are fewer races on the list to begin with, but I'm sure it'll fill up as the year progresses.  I want to leave myself plenty of room in the schedule for fun things that pop up, and I want to do a better job of training for events this year.  After the marathon in May, the rest of my year was basically an exercise in keeping my fitness level at a point where I could finish what I started rather than excel.  Honestly, I can't see that changing hugely, but I do think I owe it to myself to give me a better chance of doing well.

Also honestly, there are a few items on the list that are ridiculously ambitious, two of which I never would have thought I'd sign up for.  Clearly, "go big" is once again going to be a theme.


February 25 - Castlewood Cup 15K trail race - I did this race last year and loved it.  Castlewood is a great place to run, and Big River Running puts on a fantastic race. 


March 24-25 - Land Between the Lakes 24-hour adventure race - If it works out to do this race, it'll be my first 24-hour race.  I've heard great things about it, and I love the area.  Stay tuned, and keep your fingers crossed for me.


March 31 - Tracks n Treads offroad duathlon - My club puts on this race, and I've wanted to do it for the past two years, but my schedule hasn't allowed for it.  Well, that's not completely true.  Last year my schedule didn't allow for it.  In 2010 my mountain biking ability prevented it; I'm not much better on the bike, but I've quit letting that kind of thing stop me.


April 21 - Double Chubb 50K - Yeah, I don't know what the hell I'm thinking here, either.  I was talking with a friend about doing a marathon, and all the sudden I found myself deciding on this instead.  What goes worse together than grad school and training for a 50K? Oh, right, grad school, working full time, parenting, and training for a 50K.

May 20 -Carlyle Lake Olympic tri - a triathlon was one of my un-met goals last year, unless you count the private half-ironman; I'd like to do an official one, and the Olympic distances are ones I'm capable of doing without additional training, so I can train to put it all together and hopefully do better than just get through it without dying.



June 2 - Dirty Kanza I don't know why I want to do it, but I do. In fact, the first time I read about it, the race report was such that I knew there was no way I'd ever attempt it. See?


The next reports (Luke's, Bob's, and Wendy's which I can't find on her blog) were even worse. And my friends are badasses. I'm like the bratty little sister they let tag along. And I don't have the right bike. But hey, if I waited to have the "right" equipment for everything I'd have spent a lot more time on the couch. You do what you can with what you have, and what's the worst that can happen?

Ok, ok, the worst would be dying of heatstroke in the Flint Hills, but the worst that's likely to happen is having to call my husband (who I'm currently negotiating with to secure his crew services) to come and pick me up. I can live with that.

Also in June, I'm hoping to make it to California to watch my son's team play volleyball in a tournament in the Anaheim area.  My husband has gone the past two years; I figure it's my turn. :)  We'll see how that plays out.




July - Tour de Donut -  what's not to love about a race that combines cycling with donut eating? Well, maybe eating 9 donuts and still coming up short. 

August - ??



September - Berryman Adventure 12 hour - My brother and I are planning to team up again for Berryman and hopefully this time finish BEFORE the time cut-off.  Disqualification or not, though, it would be hard to top the first expecience.  Well, maybe if I could actually ride my bike this next time.

October - ??

November - ??

December 1 - Castlewood 8-Hour Adventure Race
December 8 - Pere Marquette Endurance Trail Run

I'm unfortunately missing what looks to be an epic bike race (non-race) in May because it conflicts with my 8 year old's First Communion.  There'll be other races, though, and there are just some things that you can't miss.  I'm a mom first.

There's a lot of open space in there after June 2, and I'm hoping that a good portion of summer/fall will be taken up by mountain bike and cyclocross races (because I need something else to be bad at).  Looking ahead at the coming year, I'm excited and terrified all at once.  It's going to be quite a ride.

24 comments:

  1. Don't forget the Wood River Tri in August. A club favorite.

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  2. You are so freaking ambitious! Very impressive! I am most jealous of the doughnut one. That's where my ambitions lie!
    Can't wait to follow your ultra journey.

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  3. Yeah, you're right the longer race is where we shine! Now, I feel better!

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  4. can't wait to read about the training for april 21. have fun!

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  5. I tried to post a comment but I don't think it went through... I have an idea - skip that Dirty Kanza and come out to PA on June 2 for the way-more-fun GOALS Cradle 24-hour race!

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  6. Nice full looking race schedule Kate! You might consider getting (or borrowing) a wetsuit for Carlyle. Watch the xterra wetsuit site, they have regular half off sales. There is also a nice Sprint tri the weekend before in Effingham. If you want to do that one, I'd sign up for it too. Open water swimming is quite a bit different than pool swimming and a 400 yard swim for your first official tri might help.

    Can't wait to read all the awesome race reports you will be putting out this year!

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  7. I suppose a pedal pusher bike with a white basket won't work for the tour de donut? how about a walmart moutain bike? :O) I'm looking to expand my horizons...

    happy new year!

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  8. That is quite a plan, but if anyone can make it work it's you (parenting, grad school, ultra races..... :^)--I loved it and can totally relate). For 2013, how about the Pikes Peak Ascent? C'mon, you know you want to......

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  9. The tour de donut is something that I would want to try if there was one around here. This looks like a solid agenda!

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  10. You have some big plans!! And most of them I would run away from just looking at the title...hard core. You will totally do this too. Excited to see another year in the life of Super Kate!! Bring it!

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  11. Too bad I have a tri with my sis in WI on the Tour De Donut weekend. That looks way fun! I'm thinking about Lake St. Louis tri in Aug to do my first Oly. Any chance you'd like to come along? :) Looks like a great season!

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  12. You race so the rest of us don't have to.

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  13. I'm so impressed and inspired by you!! Happy 2012!!
    PS -It is REALLY coming down here - it would be an adventure race just to get to the end of my driveway!!

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  14. Awesome, I will see you at Lake Carlyle AND the Tour De Donut. What Mike said about the wetsuit is true, it's pretty cold water.

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  15. let me help you fix this 2012 plan:

    October 7: Long Beach Half Marathon

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  16. Great job working around family obligations and putting together a solid plan! Nothing you do surprises me anymore! Ha! Happy New Year!

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  17. Here's your race plan for the donut race - do a "at threshold" descending pyramid - after the first donut you need to sprint for :10 and then add :10 to each interval (which comes after each donut) for a total of 9 donuts/:90 seconds AT.

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  18. Very cool about Midwest if Kanza doesn't work out for you. I do ride clipless.

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  19. Busy, busy, busy! I have no doubt you will rock them all...even that 50k! :) But where's your trip to Colorado to do an adventure with me? Pikes Peak, perhaps?

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  20. Busy, busy, busy! I have no doubt you will rock them all...even that 50k! :) But where's your trip to Colorado to do an adventure with me? Pikes Peak, perhaps?

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  21. Oh that 200 miler. Erk. Erm... you are way braver than me. I will go read the race reports, I am sure it will make me a better person.....

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  22. The word "easy" doesn't exist in your vocabulary. You are an inspiration.

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  23. You should definitely think about the Illinois Ozark 10K if they run it again this year. It's in Valmeyer and a great precursor to Pere Marquette.

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