The RockstarTri 2010 A+B priority race calendar is complete. Today I registered for Syracuse 70.3, a new half ironman being held in upstate New York (about 5 hours from Casa Rockstar).
Originally I wasn't going to do this race. The first reason that I was skipping this race is that 2010 will be the inaugural running and I figured the logistics could still need "refinement." The second reason was that the bike course is rumored to be extra difficult. Although I consider myself generally a strong rider, hills are my main nemesis (due to my size) and most of this course is supposed to be hilly.
So, what changed?
Many of my friends are doing this race and I like to train and race with friends. As part of my sabbatical, I realized that this race could be considered a success if I do not blow myself up on the bike so I am going to go into this race with no overall finish time expectations. The criteria for success for me will be to have a strong swim, a controlled bike, and a strong run. This will see if I can follow a plan and if the lessons from last year's Timberman were actually learned. I got BikeMike's blessing, found a $50 off coupon, and pulled the trigger.
The calendar looks good and I'm excited about 2010!