I realize many factors weigh in to this decision........costs, time, date, family, other races, life in general.
Tris are definitely more expensive than running races but I suspect in my neck of the woods they are not as bad as some other spots. So cost is a factor but unless I go completely crazy not prohibitive.
Schedules......I don't want to plan my whole summer around tris. I want to do other races (maybe) and visit friends (definitely) and have time for family and friends at home. So how many is too many?
And what ones do I choose? I think I want to go back to the three I did last summer. I was originally going to do of the Lake Dunmore series pre broken wrist. This summer they are offering four sprints (the only tris I am considering.) I love this series, I can practice all of the race as often as I want and it is a great spot to do all three disciplines! I would like to do at least 2 of these.
Vermont Sun Triathlon - June 30, August 11, August 25
Lake Dunmore Triathlon- July 21 Cost for each of these is $65.00.
I am already registered for Mascoma Man which was my first tri last year. This year it is on July 27. The cost is $70.00.
I want to do the Circle Tri again this year which was my third tri of the season last year. It is on Labor Day weekend on Sept. 1. It is $65.00.
Here is a new race I want to do but it is the following weekend in Maine. It is called the Pumpkin Man Triathlon and even though it is Maine near the seacoast it is not in the ocean. Huge win! It advertises clam chowder and whoopie pies to eat!!! Even more of a huge win. How could I not do this one? I looked at it last year but it was full. This one costs $85.00 and has 550 racers so it would be the largest tri I have been in.
There was also another tri in NH I liked the looks of called Give Peace a Tri. I was going to do that one pre broken wrist. There is nothing new yet for 2013. This was $43.00 at it's most expensive point.
Plus I joined whatever the triathlon organization is so I don't have to add on to my race fee each time. So I need to do enough tris to make that fee worthwhile!
And of course I may yet see other tris within driving distance I liked the looks of. So I am thinking I may end up doing 6 - 8 triathlons and that doesn't sound so bad. I will not say they are just sprints because when you are talking triathlons that include swimming just doesn't enter into it. So I guess through the writing of this post I am deciding that 6-8 triathlons are not too many!
Can I really put that wet suit on that many
more times and make myself get in the water
and do my version of swimming?