This new IM branded race was announced a few weeks back, and looks like a pretty cool one. Given all my family is up in the Connecticut/Rhode Island area, I decided to swap it out in place of the Vineman 70.3 that I had tentatively planned for next year’s schedule (mid-July). It’s about a month out from Ironman Canada, so it will still serve its purpose from a training perspective. And it will give my relatives an opportunity to come out and cheer – especially my Grandpa. I signed up shortly after it opened, thankfully after someone e-mailed me (hello mysterious reader S.!) asking about it – good thing they reminded me!
The course looks cool, it starts at the beach and basically wanders it’s way to the state’s capitol building. Yes, one could say that in Rhode Island that probably does mean crisscrossing the state a few times – good thing it’s not a full Ironman! One thought I had is that Rhode Island has notoriously bad roads, so hopefully they’ve picked something a little smoother than most of the ones I’ve been on. It is too bad that it doesn’t end back at the beach though, because that time of year the beaches are PACKED, and it would have increased the crowds quite a bit.
I do wish they would post some of the route maps and stuff online though. Seems like they would already have that documented given the whole process associated with putting together a new course.
Moving on…Of note is that the Philly Tri is now open for registration. I’m hearing rumors of an expected quick sellout – so you may want to consider registering now. It’s on June 21/22nd and they offer both an Oly and Sprint course. It’s also a regional championship qualifier race. I signed up for the Oly last weekend, woohoo!
Also in the miscellaneous category, I got an e-mail about an upcoming Ironman workshop this weekend in the DC area, more info here. It’s this Sunday night at 6PM out in Reston (the 18th). The presenter list looks pretty solid. I think I’ll go – just for the heck of it. I should be back from Philly by then, unless I take a few too many wrong turns.
And lastly, I think I’ve decided on where I’m going to go on vacation using some of that vacation time I have to spend. My brother (he’s 22) and I are going to head to this location the week before Christmas. I let him come up with a list of half a dozen places, and we narrowed it down from there. I’m not going to say where quite yet. But I’ll give a hint, it’s 8645 miles from IAD (DC) – as the crow flies (of course, we can’t get there nonstop). The first person that successfully guesses where we’re going will get a post card. Well…ok..anyone that requests a post card will get one too.