Following are some of the events I intend to compete in along my path to Kona. Hopefully each of them will have a certain amount of merit as training runs even if they are on the list for obscure reasons (which I will try to make clear as I list them.)
May 20, 2006: Tour de Nash. A 62-mile "fun ride" to support Music City Moves and Walk/Bike Nashville. No competition, but a 62-mile training ride may be good, if only for getting me used to the bike.
May 29, 2006: Sprint Triathlon in Nashville. GJCC tri. Good for beginners, hopefully I can do well and place top three.
June 24, 2006: Harpeth Century Ride. Another non-competitive ride, but again, with a 100-mile century, I can actually get a feel for what type of strain that kind of distance puts on my body.
July 22 or 29, 2006: Sprint Triathlon in either Pulaski or Lebanon, TN.
Sept 24, 2006: Six GAP ride- Georgia. A difficult ride with HUGE elevation changes. This is only a maybe at this point, but it would certainly be nice to be capable of riding it by then.
Oct 8, 2006: San Jose 1/2 Marathon. I don't usually run a lot of half marathons, but my brother is willing to run this one, so I am going to run it with him. I'm not sure if I am looking to be competitive in this race or if I will pace him.
Nov 4, 2006: Midsouth Championship Marathon, Wynne, AR. I'd like to use this one as a training run for St. Jude Memphis in December. This race is too much fun not to run.
Dec 2, 2006: St. Jude Memphis Marathon. This is supposed to be a flat and fast race, so I am shooting for a sub-three hour marathon here. This is my number one running goal in preparing for the Ironman.
April 16, 2007: Boston Marathon. I have already qualified and owe myself this race. What marathoner doesn't dream of running Boston? This is my chance.
April or May 2007: Half Ironman distance in Florida, Arizona, or California. Still undecided on what and when.
November 2007: Ironman Florida. This should be my qualifying race for Kona 2008. According to current results and age group information, I will need to finish the distance in around 9:30:00 or faster to earn a slot at Kona.
October 11, 2008: Ironman World Championship, Kona, HI.
There will be other 5 and 10k races, as well as century rides that I will add into the mix, but these are the major ones thus far.
I'll be posting a link to my running training program in the next day or two, with a basic triathlon training program to follow in a couple of weeks.