I've thought a lot about what I wanted to do for the 2007 season. When I turned pro in 2004 it was to further challenge myself in triathlon. In hindsight, I probably should have turned pro in 2000 or so...but I didn't.
As great as the experience was racing the ITU circuit this year, it was not as fullfilling for me as I had hoped it would be. I missed out on some local races, particularly CapTex, and in trying to focus on some of the ITU races and watching the budget at least a little bit, I missed out on several high profile National races. Securing enough ITU points to race the US Olympic Trials series (yes, it is a series of 3 races) would be fun, and a great experience. But, my opinion is that the flaw in the Olympic qualification system is that it is essentially set up to make it very very difficult for a dark horse, a lane 8 swimmer, or the underdog to secure a spot on the Olympic team. So, I won't dwell on that, but it does play into my decision for the upcoming season.
This year I am going to have FUN racing. I am going to do some of the classic US races. I am going to do at least 2 and maybe 3 1/2 Ironman races this year as that is a distance that I had some good results at several years ago without really training for one, but then stopped racing them. I may show up at an Xterra regional championship. And, I plan on racing CapTex this year. I want to do more the races that I've always wanted to do and less of the races that I would HAVE to do in an effort to gain the precious ITU points. And the prideful side of me would like to do well at some larger US races so that sponsors, friends, and family might see my name in print somewhere. Surely I have some sort of schedule laid out, right?
January 21 - Frost Yer Fanny Duathlon. It's back in Austin and Raul ( www.run-far.com ) is putting it on. It's the regional award banquet, which is where I received the Newcomer of the Year award years ago (circa 1993 or so). This'll be a good test as my running is just building up and Amy and I are waiting on bikes from QR... www.rooworld.com.
March 31 - California 1/2 Ironman. Last year my first 'race' was the Ishigaki World Cup. This year it will be equally daunting as my 1st 1/2 Ironman in 3.5 years will be against some very high profile athletes.
May 6 - The Wildflower 1/2 Ironman. Always a great race. It has been on my 'to-do' list since the early 90s. 16 years later, I plan on showing up and racing for the 25th anniversary race.
May 28 - Capital of Texas Triathlon. It's becoming a classic in Texas. If they'd find 10-20k of prize money, they'd have a national classic. I went wire to wire in 2005. 2007 will no doubt be competitive.
June 3 - Escape from Alcatraz. It's been on my list since the early 90s as well. I am 75% sure on this one. It is supposed to be a lot of fun. Cold but fun.
June 10 - Xterra Alabama Southeast Championship. This one is a 25% probability. I like mountain biking. I can drive to alabama. The course is supposed to be fun. We'll see!
After that everything is TBD. I'd like to get to 70.3 world championships in Clearwater, Florida on November 10, 2007. So, that's the plan!