Having already signed up for the majority of the "A" race triathlons for this year, the 2009 race schedule is pretty much set. The only ones to be confirmed will be some of the smaller triathlons to be used as tune-ups prior to IM Louisville and then the additional bike race and running races that I will jump into as the season moves on.
Off to the side of this post is the 2009 season schedule. First off is the early season marathon which always provides a good test and an idea of where the running legs are. I have signed up for the B&A Marathon on March 1st, which is a bit earlier than I would have liked but it fits with other things going on.
Assuming that I can get signed up quick enough I plan on doing a number of road races before the first triathlon of the year at Devilman on May 3rd. Unfortunately they have changed the distances of this race from a 1/2 Ironman to a half "lite" which is somewhere between a normal 1/2 and an olympic distance. Nevertheless it will be a good test to start off the season and get a gauge as to what needs work prior to the first A race of the year at Eagleman 70.3M. As per usual this race is the big race of the year as it is again a Ironman and 70.3 World Championship qualifer...Kona or bust!
After Eagleman the 2nd half of the season starts with the main goal being IM Louisville at the end of August. I will do some more road races and tune-up triathlons before the IM but once again the goal is to go under 10hours and get a coveted World Championship slot (if I didn't get one at Eagleman!).
The rest of the season after IM Louisville isn't really set as it all depends on potential qualifying etc etc. I have tentatively scheduled some late season triathlons including the ChesapeakeMan Ironman race and also the JFK 50mile trail race. I have been looking to do this race for the past couple of years but have never managed to fit it in...perhaps this will be the year.