|Getting ready for 2014!
2014 Rookie Pro Season Goals
#1 Win an Ironman race
#1 Go sub-9 hours at an Ironman race
There's no typo there, these goals are equally important to me. Whenever I have discussed goal setting with athletes I always push for having at least two types of goals: a time goal and a performance goal. Having placed 4th with a 9:22 at Beach to Battleship last fall these goals are certainly ambitious, but not unattainable. Last year my overall focus was not long-course racing, this year it will be. I will have either one or two Iron-distance races on my schedule (see below). If I go sub-9 at an Ironman and finish 20th I will be perfectly content. Likewise, if I go to a race with nasty conditions and can pull off an overall win with a mid- to low 9 hour, then I also would be ecstatic. Both of these goals have been on my lifetime bucket list. The sub-9 goal only became more realistic last fall. The easy thing to do here to notch a win would be to just cherry-pick one of the really small iron distance races that don't offer any prize money, but that seems rather unsportsmanlike as a professional. So I am looking at races that offer at least a grand to the winner which will ensure decent competition. How might I pull this off in 2014? Read on.
Tentative 2014 Race Schedule
I really, really, wanted to race the new Challenge Atlantic City full in midsummer, but had conflicts with that one. As a pro, I have the option of paying $800 for a yearly pass that would allow me to race as many WTC events as I wanted, but a good part of the motivation for going pro was to reduce the financial burden racing puts on our family. I love the tough competition of WTC events, but it is highly unlikely that I would bring in any prize money doing their events. This season, I am targeting a number of independent events that are very-well run, have decent prize money and small pro fields. Hitting the WTC circuit may be my 2015 strategy.....