I've been asked 185 times in the past three weeks, "How's Ironman Boulder training going?". Well, it's not. I may still be in one of the best shapes of my life (at least trying to get there) but it's for a different reason and different distance. After qualifying for the World Military Games in Korea a Draft-Legal Olympic distance race that occurs once every 4 years and is the same time as the Ironman World Championships in Kona, my summer race schedule was shuffled and it's all about speed! Have focused on power sessions, hills, explosive sets, and a lot of track work. What about the Ironman transfer program? Well, the amount of stipulations and lack of exceptions makes it nearly impossible to transfer the race to another in this calendar year without spending $3000 on travel. Several weeks ago I did request transfer into Superfrog 70.3 in San Diego as I will be out there that weekend and it was denied by Ironman...no exceptions! It has been really nice this summer spending some quality family time and I was thinking this morning while out on my "long run" it's actually been an extremely pleasant change...wow, 11 miles, this is soooo rough.
So...new race schedule. Big race of the summer will be USAT Age Group National Championships in Milwaukee, WI on August 8-9, the weekend after Ironman Boulder. I've been wanting to do this race for quite some time and it'll be good to link up and race with Paige, Cyrus, Mike, Max, Hannah, Coach Frost and a ton of other Tri friends and acquaintances. Looking forward to it! Will have a couple months of some great late summer/early fall training sessions then off to Korea. Tentative Military Games schedule is arriving San Diego Sept 28th for a few day training camp. Arriving Korea October 1st for the Opening Ceremonies and the Triathlon competition is October 10th!