I have a plan and goals for 2016!

I’m so excited to have some direction to my training.  While I’m still in an off-season, I’m staying active and making goals for 2016.

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October 2015-April 2016- I’ve started a running club of sorts at the high school I teach at.  With the help of GO! St. Louis and a few teachers I’ve recruited, I’ll train high school students to go from no fitness base to a half marathon in April 2016.  I’m so excited to introduce students to this sport and experience the ups and downs of a first training cycle with them.  The initial response has over 75 kids interested.

Winter 2015-2016- My daughter and I will be doing the Frostbite Series in Forest Park in St. Louis.  She’ll be tackling some new distances and I’ll be right by her side.

Kentucky Derby Marathon- A friend of mine moved to Kentucky and mentioned this race to me.  I originally signed up for the half, but have decided that the timing and location will be great for me to go for a big PR at this marathon.

70.3- Muncie, Racine or Ohio.  I’ve not yet registered for any of these, but I know it will be one of these.  I’m going to really focus training next year on the half-iron distance and hope to make some big improvements there.

Fall Marathon- Debating between the Chicago marathon and the Marine Corps Marathon in the fall.  Again, I hope to take additional time off of my marathon performance from the spring.

I will have some smaller races mixed in, but these are the “A” goals for 2016.  In the coming weeks I’ll work back in to more focused training, addressing weaknesses and figuring out more specifics as far as times.  My huge, dream big portion of these goals would be to qualify for the 70.3 World Championships and Boston Marathon.

It feels so good to have a focus again.  I’m clearly someone who needs goals on the calendar, I just felt a little lost without them these last few months.

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10 thoughts on “I have a plan and goals for 2016!

  1. Yay for goals and race plans! I COMPLETELY understand the “lost” feeling and also need races on the calendar to remain focused 🙂 With the big race on the calendar, we now have to decide on what additional races we’ll be doing. I’m excited to follow your 2016 journey!

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    1. Thanks! Not gonna lie, I’m still wishing I had a full IM on the calendar because it seems like everyone I know does. Overall though I’m happy with what I have laid out for the year and 140.6 will always be there. Maybe some of your fill in races will bring you in the same direction and we’ll see each other at races again!

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  2. I am curious about the Ohio 70.3. I will be sticking to short course triathlons next year, but it may pull me out of my Ironman retirement in 2017. I have completed both Racine and Muncie. Both can be very hot races given the time of year (Muncie has had bad luck here). Otherwise, Muncie is boring but lightning fast (I have a PR for swim, bike, run and overall…by 52 minutes!) at that venue. Green and calm lake that will likely be barely wetsuit legal. Bike is an 8 mile stick that has a couple of mile of terrible roads, followed by a 10 mile out and back (twice) on a closed state highway (road is in great shape, hills are flattened and almost completely straight). Boring but fast and flatter then a pancake. Run has some rollers and is an out and back. They had sponges at every other aid station. Transition is in a field. Racine…much prettier venue. Great Lakes swims…so expect cold surf and riptides. I was never so scared in a race then the Racine swim. The course has very rough roads (like the bad stretch in Muncie…but for 56 miles). Flat, but lots of turns. Run has one hill that you hit a couple of times, and along the shores of Lake Michigan.

    Hands down, I would do Muncie over Racine.

    If you want a gorgeous clear calm swim, very hilly and challenging but spectacular bike course, think Muskoka. The run is disappointing, but it’s a tougher bike the Wisconsin…

    If you do Ohio, I will be eager for your Race Report. It would be nice if they at least released some maps!

    Good luck!

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    1. Thanks so much for the feedback on the two races. I’ve been scouring the internet for exactly the information you gave! I was leaning more toward Muncie for exactly the reasons you laid out. Your take on the swim at Racine basically put me over the edge. Racine is now out. Muncie or Ohio, time will tell. Muskoka is definitely interesting as well, I’m trying to keep 2016 all driving distance races though. 2017- different story 🙂

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      1. I don’t know it Muskoka will be back. Numbers were low for IM standards. I was shocked that they added a full…and the numbers for both were poor. There is a 3 year contract for the full (I supposed they could buy it out if they had to). They have finally announced a date for the full but no word as to when registration will open. They have not yet set a date for the 70.3. Not sure where you live so I am not sure what “driving distance” is. I am guessing Missouri based on your race history. Muskoka would be a drive (is for me too from Minneapolis-but I have family in Detroit. I would say that the Muskoka bike is the toughest full in North America…

        I have race reports on my blog for Muncie, Racine, and Muskoka if you are interested.

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