In May of 2009, I talked with a friend who is a cycling coach. He (and many other friends) always ride in a big race in our city each November. I firmly committed to ride in that race, with the simple goal of crossing the finish line before they called the race at sunset.
One year later, I have a lot of great experiences behind me and a brighter future ahead. Who would have thought that a 44-year-old, pizza and candy loving, non-athletic guy would actually have a race calendar? So, as we are midway through this year, I am going to do a quick look backward at races from this past 6-7 months and do some planning ahead.
11.2009 El Tour de Tucson 35 miles - my first cycling race! I trained for this since May, '09 and it changed my life, giving me confidence that I should keep going.
1.2010 Casa Grande Century 34 miles - my second cycling race with several friends joining along.
3.2010 Tour de Cure - my first race with one of my kids! We only got to 12+ miles, due to strong headwinds and rain, but it was a great race for us!
4.2010 Tour of the Tucson Mountains - I bonked on this 28 mile race, but learned a good lesson about eating before and during a race.
6.2010 Meet Me Downtown 5K - my first walk/run race. I went with my two older kids and we walked it. 57 minutes. It was a great experience on a very hot, summer night.
6.2010 Bike The Bluff 17 miles - A fun and challenging race.
Just to get it on record, here is a list of the races I'm intending to do for the remainder of the year.
9/6 (Mon) TMC Saguaro National Park Labor Day 5K or 8-mile Run/Walk
9/18 (Sat) El Tour de Tucson Adventure Run/Walk 5K or 10K
10/3 (Sun) Jim Click's Run-N-Roll 8K and 3K Run
10/9 (Sat) Tour de Fat - cycling/beer event
11/6 (Sat) CatWalk 5K or 10K
11/20 (Sat) El Tour de Tucson 35-Mile cycling route
11/25 (Thurs) Thanksgiving Cross-Country Classic 5K
12/12 (Sun) Winterhaven Run Through The Lights 5K
My goal? Complete a 5K under 35 minutes for the first few races, then try to get it done under 30 minutes by year-end (whether it is an official race, or just a timed event in my own neighborhood).
What are your goals for the second half of this year?