Thursday, October 15, 2009


So the Bike Across Florida is out. The website for the ride is disabled, although it still shows up in - I'm even more suspect about this ride then ever, and glad I made the decision with our "team" of work bikers to not do this ride.

Looking forward to the big weather change that is supposed to happen this weekend - on Sunday, for the Hilly Hundred Century here in the San Antonio area of Florida, we are supposed to wake up to 58-degree weather! I'm used to starting my rides in the high 70's, and finishing in the 90's, so this will be oh-so-nice!

I've put together a tentative schedule for next year - now all I have to do is FUND it! MRS Lana wants us to come up and do the Gulf Coast Half IM in May, which is cool, but of course it's not super cheap. That's after the early season Gator Half Ironman in March, a race that Excel Man turned me on to. Looking for tune up races to get back into the swing of things, I found two inexpensive lake-swim Olympics just outside Gainsville in January and February - so I'm excited about that.

No, I'm not doing the full Marathon at Gasparilla - just gonna do the Half. Three weeks later is that Gator Half Ironman, and I'd like to do well at that, which would be impossible on barely-recovered marathon legs.

If all goes well (and Tri-Sherpa Di agrees) May will bring the beginning of the trainup for '10 Minnesota Border to Border. I know, I know, you've heard that one before! I'd really, really like to do that race - spend a week riding and running hard, and the cool thing, really, is that the whole race is spent with your SHERPAs! I mean, how often do you get to do a big race and see your spouse the entire time? Usually a long-course race is a pretty lonely affair, even with the hundreds of other racers. B2B is a sprint relay, and the Sherpas are more vital than ever to the success of the racers.

The B2B is at the end of July - then the summer is firmly entrenched in the year-round-outdoor-training-center. I'm kinda intrigued by the Beach to Battleship race in Wilmington - and will be interested to see weather reports from this year's race. Last year the whole deal got mixed reviews from folks I know, but that's pretty normal for most races. Half? Full? We'll have to see...


ShirleyPerly said...

Bummer about BAF. The author of an Orlando cycling e-newsletter slammed the organizers of that event and told everyone here to stay away from it. There's another BAF event in the spring, I think, they said that was much better (different organizers).

Good luck with your other plans. I might do the Gator Half too.

Kevin said...

Other then a headwind for the last 40 miles of the full, the weather was perfect for B2B. The swim was fine after a minute or two during the swim and arm warmers were sufficient on the bike and late night on the run

Jane said...

The race is a sort of symbolization for showing the inner strength and healthy fitness which leads to a health concerned consciousness..
These racing expeditions are the best for ones enthusiasm as it reaches at its peak in the final lap..

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