What I know for sure I'm doing:
Wirefly National Half-Marathon: Saturday, March 29 (Note to self: Remember to post RANT about active.com)
Philadelphia Sprint Triathlon, Saturday, June 21, 2008
St. Patrick's Day 8k, March 9, 2008 (don't ask)
George Washington Parkway 5K or 10 miler (I've done the 5k twice, would kind of like to try it again): Sunday April 22
But really the $64,000 question is: Do I have another marathon in me?
If I do try for another marathon, which one? I'd like something smallish, local(ish), and preferably? Something that won't kill me. And I definitely do NOT want a fall marathon, because I am soooo done with training in the D.C. heat. Eighteen weeks of training would put me in the first week of June. (Do I need 18 weeks of training? I fear I do.)
1. Should I attempt another marathon?
2. If so, which one?
3. If so, how to train? I want to train with a group. An organized group.
Potomac River Run Marathon, May 4 (Marathonguide.com reviewers call it "mentally very challenging," so that kind of predisposes me against it);
Frederick, Maryland, Marathon, Sunday, May 24
That's all I can find nearby.
Then, add this to the mix:
The D.C. Triathlon Club has an informational meeting on Jan. 27 for its New Triathlete Program. So I wrote to the organizer asking this and that, and he wrote this back
Since you mentioned the Philly Sprint I'm going to chime in - One thing about our program is that we provide a 20-week training plan that will get you through your first race. We set a goal race with that in mind which is the New Jersey State Triathlon on July 27th. The only problem with you doing Philly is that you'll be missing some of the later components of the program.
I don't want you to think that I'm discouraging you from doing NTP. What I'd like to encourage you to do is to also consider doing the NJ State Tri. You could complete Philly to get your feet wet in triathlon and then improve your time at New Jersey. Also, should you choose to do the Olympic distance at New Jersey, Philly will be an excellent race to get you prepared for your first Olympic :)
That may sound daunting to you [DAUNTING? TO ME? OH NEVER!] but I'll assure you that you can definitely do it. The program really is an awesome opportunity and we'll give you all of the resources you need to complete both races.
So an OLYMPIC TRIATHLON??? Is he serious??? Who does he think he's talking to, Nancy Toby????
So a marathon, thumbs up or down? And does that decision rest on whether or not I get up my courage for this New Jersey Olympic thing?
My head hurts.