In my first season, I only did one race: an Olympic in the fall, and it was exactly 6 months after surgery. It was my entrance into triathlon, and I loved it.
In my second season, I did 2 Sprints, 2 Olympics, 2 half-marathons, a half-Ironman and 3 10k races before the season was cut short so that I could volunteer on a mammal research project in Peru.
In this season, I've already done 2 half-marathons, but the triathlon season... has yet to begin! I love that giddy feeling you get when awesome racing approaches. It's a combination of needing and wanting to kick some serious butt and a nervousness regarding my skills and abilities. Did I train enough? Did I rest enough? Am I over or undertrained?
In any case, here's my 2010 racing season (so far). It's until mid-July because at that time I will be crossing a very big ocean to live in Australia and New Zealand for one year!
- June 6: Triathlon de Joliette (Sprint)
- June 12: Triathlon de Mont-Tremblant (Olympic)
- July 4: Sydenham Triathlon (Olympic)
- July 11: Ironman 70.3 Rhode Island (the "A" race!)
I've never raced an official IM-branded race. I've heard reports from both sides: it's become far too corporate an affair, the IM brand is ludicrously for-profit... but that they also put on an amazing race, well-organized and with very supportive volunteers. I think it's time for me to test the Ironman-branded waters (and pavement)!!
Also, if anyone knows of awesome racing and/or training clubs in the Victoria, Australia area, LET ME KNOW!!!