2015 was a big year for me. I successfully completed a half Ironman and an Ironman. Those were my first triathlons of any distance. At 67 my goal for both races was to just finish. And that is all I did racing the 70.3 in 7:58 and the 140.6 in 16:52.
Now that I have finished both races I have a significantly more challenging goal—Kona in 2018.
In 2018 I will be 70 and that is probably my best chance to get to Kona. But to get there I need to accomplish several sub goals.
First, I need to reduce my 70.3 time by an hour in 2016—get it under 7 hours. To do that I have three objectives:
- Run a stand alone half marathon in 2:15. I have never ran a half marathon (or marathon) outside the 70.3 and 140.6. My best split was 2:57 so essentially I am talking about reducing my 13.1 time by 45 minutes.
- Reduce weight to 165. I ran both races at 172 and since it is currently Christmas/New Years constant party time I weigh at least 176. I am only 68.5 inches tall. So my weight is ridiculously high. I probably should be aiming for something under 160 but losing even 10 pounds is going to be a huge challenge.
- Bring my swim time in the 100 yard to below 2:10 and 1000 yards below 22 minutes. I am only trying to get my swim time on the 70.3 to below 55 minutes. My swim split this year on the 70.3 was 1:07. I was panicked in the water and struggled from buoy to buoy. It wasn’t nearly as bad on the 140.6 swim but still not pretty. Given the weather and availability of open water in Colorado I will have little time to get comfortable in open water before the June race. But the rest of the summer is available to improve my open water swim.
Second, in 2017 I need to reduce my 140.6 time by two hours—under 15 hours.
Third, if I make the first two, will be an all out training effort to win a qualifying spot at Kona in 2018.