The last few days I’ve been itching to register for a race. I know my best motivation comes when I have a goal event. I started planning my 2012 race season (also known as the year of triathlons) back in early November but I hadn’t registered for anything yet. Until last night!
What events did I register for, you ask? Read on!
Frostbite Footrace 8k
It’s a nice local race on paved paths through a state park area. I did this race last year and it was the longest I’d ever run in my whole life. Since then? Two half marathons completed. Amazing what can be accomplished in a year huh?? Since the last half (Oct 1) I haven’t run long, though I have become good friends with interval training! I figure this race will force me to get back into consistent, normal running.
Quad Cities Triathlon
I’d probably do this race even if I wasn’t doing any other triathlons. It’s a great sprint race with great people. And if you’ve ever been burned by a lack of information or communication for a race, you should sign up for it. The race director sends out so many emails that it borders on the ridiculous, but you can bet there isn’t a single question left unanswered by race day!
I had a little sticker shock when I was signing up for the race. $67 isn’t bad for a sprint ($55 for USAT members) but for some reason I’d remembered this race being more in the $45 range. I know, I know… this from a girl who paid $230 to run the Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon. The funny thing is that my roommate brought up the cost of the half to point out how silly it was to balk a little at $67. What can I say? I must block these things out.
I had another realization when registering as well. I’m in a new age group! Despite just turning 29, I will be racing the 2012 triathlon season in the 30-34 age group. Yikes! For those of you not familiar, the USAT uses your age on December 31st of the race year to determine your age group. I imagine this is to ensure you race in the same age group all year long but I can’t confirm that. Google could, but oh well. I will be 30 next December 31st, hence the new age group. In fact, unless I do a late November or December triathlon somewhere warm (read: not in the Midwest), my “race age” will always be older than my actual age. Craziness!
Anyhoo, I’m super excited to be registered for a couple of races and I’m excited to try my hand at triathlons once again.
Have you registered for any races lately? Tell me about them!