While triathletes from across the nation were watching video and timing data from Florida’s popular long-distance triathlon, many of those same athletes were also overloading servers attempting to register on-line for California’s popular Vineman 70.3 or numerous other races to be held in the year 2015.
Within minutes, the 2015 Vineman 70.3 was sold out for both its race and a 750-person wait list. For some, that certainly means that their 2015 triathlon season ended before it really started. Down the California coast in Oceanside, the popular half-distance triathlon for 2015 sold out its general entry participant field on the day that it opened registration, which was July 17. Certainly the 2015 full-distance race in Tempe, Arizona will quickly fill as well when it opens registration soon.
At MP Multisport, we’ve learned through experience that there is no off-season in triathlon, and even when the racing may be done or nearly done, the shape of the 2015 season often rests on success at the computer terminal on registration days which happen well before New Year’s Day for almost all of the highly popular events in the United States. October was a busy month for us, even though the Colorado race season had ended. (It was still busy without that business trip to Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, which you’ll hear about in a future blog article.) MP Multisport athletes were engaged outside of Colorado in season-ending races, annual training plans for 2015 were being crafted and, in some cases, redrafted. Registrations for 2015 races have been made, in many cases after MP Multisport coaches counseled athletes to have their computers booted up and logged on. We celebrated great seasons in 2014 and then quickly moved onward. For MP Multisport athletes, the 2015 season is well underway!
November and December are great times for celebrating the holidays and getting in some needed recovery after a long season. But they are also fantastic opportunities to build the foundations for which great performances require. Athletes at MP Multisport are already taking advantage of this, progressing well ahead of those who still have New Year’s resolutions to make and attempt to carry out. As the popular Christmas jingle sings, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year!”