Race Roulette

Wednesday, February 26, 2014 by Coach Denise

Around this time of year, everyone starts to look at which races and events that they want to do. Often, we pick races based on which ones our friends are doing which is a perfectly reasonable reason to do a race. I once did an Ironman solely because a friend of mine was turning 50 that weekend and, instead of having a party like most people, we did an Ironman.

There are other criteria to consider when selecting races and events however.  Let me give you a few things to think about while you are working on your list of races for the year:

  • Cost. Ironman is expensive, sprint triathlons not as much. Don’t forget to consider the cost of travel and lodging if you are doing an out of town race.
  • Distance. If you have only ever completed a sprint, you might want to wait until you have some longer distance events under your belt before doing an Ironman. Also consider which distance works well for you. I prefer longer distances because I’m not the fastest out there, but tend to do well over longer distances. Some athletes do better at shorter distances.
  • Time. How much time do you realistically have to train? If you have more than one job or have a lot of family commitments, you may want to do shorter races as they require much less training time.

The next time one of your friends asks you to do an Ironman for their birthday, double check the list above before you say yes.

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