when i read this, my heart sank. this was to be my only shot at a warm up half IM before IM Brasil
. that's it. there's no other half IMs this early in the year!!! last year i signed up in December with no problem. guess it goes to show how popular our little sport of triathlon is becoming. so i frantically went online to research whether there were any other possibilities. oh joy!!! i can go to Australia, Saipan, or Irving Texas!!! NOT OPTIONS
. neither is Wildflower. just too much of a production with camping not to mention The Kahuna
swears it's tougher than an Ironman. then i found this little race
on may 3rd just 3 weeks before IM Brasil. a little too close to "the A race" for my taste, but coach
said it'd work and i'd probably still do a 4 hour ride the day after . and I ALMOST SIGNED UP
, but wanted to survey other peeps who'd done it. then, the night before Thanksgiving i got an email. it was a newsletter email from a race director who's race i did once and have now apparently landed on their mailing list for life. i usually trash them right away without even opening them, but as The Tri Gods are looking over me, i opened it to discover that the Rage in the Sage
race out at Lake Mead, NV is NOW ADDING A HALF IM DISTANCE RACE TO THE ROSTER FOR '08!!!!
and it's April 19th, just two weeks after Oceanside 70.3. registration opened Thanksgiving day at 12:00am, so i stayed awake to be sure i didn't get shit out (i mean shut out) yet once again:
cheaper than Oceanside 70.3, closer drive than Napa, and i have family i can stay with. guess it all works out the way it's supposed to.....
and that, ladies and gents, is a happy ending to an otherwise shitty story. it's still gonna rain in Honolulu, and i've got to figure out where to swim until the end of the year, but i now have a warm up race to look forward to....