Last December, I posted here that my goal for 2018 was to complete my first Full Ironman, and as you know if you’ve been following my journey, I am proud to say that I accomplished that goal! Now, what’s next? In 2019, I have penciled in a season that, if I am lucky, will build to the biggest race in triathlon… the Ironman World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawai`i on October 12, 2019. I say “if I am lucky” because as a physically challenged athlete, I will be entering a lottery and hoping my name is one of the 5 people drawn to go to Hawaii next year. That’s 5 total, not 5 men and 5 women, just 5…
As I was deciding what races I wanted to do in 2019, I wanted to make sure I was being mindful of the chance that I could get drawn for Kona, but also building a season that would leave me feeling accomplished even if that isn’t in the cards next year because I won’t find out if I get to go to Hawaii until June.
I also wanted to make sure I have a fun season, so I threw in some of my favorites, like the Runnin’ of the Green, which is the race I walked with my friend Jessica that planted the idea in my head that I wanted to start running. I am also doing the Colfax 1/2 marathon again, which is the race I finally accomplished my sub 2:30 half marathon goal in 2017 after years of failure to make that cutoff, except this time I’m going to pause for a selfie with some of the animals in the zoo as I run through it – PR in fun instead of time. 🙂
So, even if I don’t get drawn for Kona, I will still have a fun and challenging season with the following races:
• March 17th – Runnin’ of the Green 7K
• April 14th – Prairie Dog ½ Marathon
• April 29th – Cherry Creek Sneak 5 Miler
• May 19th – Colfax ½ Marathon
• June 22nd – TriBella Sprint
• July 21st – TriBoulder Olympic
• August 3rd – Boulder 70.3
• September 14th – Littlefoot Sprint
• October 12th – Kona (if I’m lucky!!!!)
I hope to see you out there, and I’d love to hear about what you are hoping to accomplish in 2019, whether they are races or other types of accomplishments!