Here is my first attempt at putting together my race schedule for the upcoming 2011 season. I say first attempt because what I end up racing this season will almost certainly be different than what I'm thinking right now. But here is the rough sketch of what the season will look like. Races in bold are what I plan to peak for.
4/17 Carmel Sprint Triathlon IN
This race has unintentionally become my traditional kick off to the season. I've opened with it the past 4 years. Good low key age-group race, a chance to blow out the rust from the offseason, and fun to compare times year to year. I'll be going for 5 straight wins this year.
5/15 Rev 3 Knoxville TN
Had one of my worst races ever here last year, look forward to returning, taking on the challenging course, and love supporting the Rev 3 series!
5/22 Memphis in May 5150 TN or Columbia MD
Going to be a long drive this weekend, haven't decided if it will be to Memphis or Maryland. I've had great success at Memphis the three years I've raced it but Columbia has potential as well.
6/5 Pigman Sprint IA or Rev 3 Quassy CT or Mooseman 70.3 NH
Another long trip, either to Iowa, Connecticut, or New Hampshire. If I show great form in my May races then I'll head out East to take on the tough pro fields, otherwise will play it a little more conservative with Pigman. I've won Pigman before, Quassy is a course that sounds like it would really be challenging, and Mooseman is a place where I have unfinished business after last year's DNF
6/12 Kansas 70.3 or Eagleman 70.3 MD
Ironman 70.3 this weekend, just have to decide if I want to make the long trip East or West
6/26 Pleasant Prairie Triathlon WI
Very fast olympic distance race I'll be looking to make it 3 straight wins
7/9 Muncie 70.3 IN
Really excited for this one, have it highlighted since the day it was announced. First pro triathlon in Indiana in 8+ years, better believe I'm there and hopefully in peak form. Additionally excited as this will be the first ever Bretscher Multisport team event, we have 8 athletes scheduled to race right now!
7/17 Racine 70.3 WI or 7/24 Ironman Lake Placid NY
Will combine my Muncie peak with another race. If I'm prepared to go the distance it'll be Lake Placid, otherwise will stick to the more local 70.3 race.
8/14 Steelhead 70.3 MI
Have had good races here the past two years
9/11 Rev 3 Cedar Point OH
Made the big Iron distance debut here last year and excited to return a second year. Great race, great series, big prize purse all in a relatively short trip. Count me in!
9/24 Peregrine Triathlon IA
One of my favorite races, great venue, super fast course, wonderful event management. Have had great races all three years I've raced, going to 4 wins in a row this year.
10/1 Powerman Muncie Duathlon IN or Pocono 70.3 PA
Long course duathlons certainly take their toll on the body but it's not everyday you find a pro duathlon close to home. Also considering a 70.3
10/9 Rev 3 South Carolina
Love to give back support to the series that supports pros so well and has the best interests of the sport of triathlon in mind!