|skimmin across a snow field near the peak of Broken Top mtn.|
|just a minute to enjoy the view....(or catch my breath- air is THIN up there!)|
|love my minis!|
|post-run blender fun - watermelon, mint, ice, honey|
"What's all this training for?" you may ask... Well, darn... I've been asking myself that same question and it is a host of if...thens... right now.
Here's the scoop. I had planned on trying to qualify for the Ironman World Championships in Kona Hawaii (10/12) .. For Kona, they pick the top 35 (of 308) women in a points ranking system to go. I am currently ranked #41. For the qualifying year, I have a 2nd place (Ironman Wisconsin), 5th place (Ironman Cairns), 9th place (Ironman Cozumel), and 11th place (Ironman Cabo). Alas, this is not enough points to get a lady to Kona! The bar is high and without getting too deep into the depths of the beast that is the Kona Points Ranking (KPR), let's just say at this point it will be a gamble to try to make the cutoff. But I'm good for a gamble, you know.
I'd like to do one more race to qualify for Kona 2013 (and that race is Ironman Whistler on 8/25), but there are about 10 other professional women who are trying to do the same thing (race one more Ironman, especially the very high points US Champs Ironman Mont Tremblant) for the final 8 slots that are picked at the end of August. I think I could do very well at Whistler, and I know I would need that top result in order to squeeze in.
Option 2 is to hold off on Kona one more year, and go all-in for the win at an early season Ironman (and you know I love Ironman Wisconsin!!!!) while others still have their eyes on the Kona prize this year.
In all honesty, I go back and forth on both options daily, and the path may not even come completely clear until very close to Ironman Whistler. But for now, the plan is Whistler and I'm super excited to race the Inaugural race there and compete in my first race in Canada..
So yeah, I'm training...for something.. something good I hope! (but don't worry Mitch, I know that "Hope is not a strategy".
Back to chopping wood.