We don’t know where we are going to live, but at least we know where we’ll be on September 17.
That’s what I said to Bruno as soon as hit “Submit Payment” on the registration page of our very first Olympic triathlon!
Finding the right “first triathlon” was not as easy as we thought. We both wanted to do a destination race in a city we’ve never visited, and we were looking for an Olympic distance. After scouring the internet for a couple of hours, we had a short list of about 6. We did a Google Image search and narrowed our list down to three:
- Portland, OR, Sep 17, http://www.portlandtri.com/
- Freeport, ME, Sep 17, http://www.lobstermantri.com/about/
- Clearwater, FL, Nov 5, http://trirock.competitor.com/clearwater/
I liked the idea of #3 because Clearwater was one of the beaches I used to frequent as a child. Also, it was later in the Fall and it would give me ample time to train (see: My Bunion Surgery). Portland has always been appealing and everyone I know only has great things to say about the city. Maine sounded interesting because the Lobsterman Triathlon made it on a list of the 10 Greatest Destination Triathlons, plus they have lobster and corn on the cob at the finish line… 🙂
To decide, we posted our shortlist to Facebook and asked our friends to vote. The results were Portland 7 votes, Maine 7 votes, and Clearwater 1 vote. We chose Maine because Bruno’s just-so-Internet-savvy dad voted for it, and we pretty much thought that was the most adorable thing in the world.
So, here we are! Eight months from the big day. There will be some other big accomplishments between now and then:
- March – Day will begin to walk normally again (fingers crossed)
- Early May – Bruno’s first BQ attempt at the Pittsburgh Marathon
- Late May – Bruno and Day graduate from PhD and Master’s degrees, respectively
- June – Our first Sprint triathlon – Trirock Philadelphia Triathlon
- July/August – We are moving to Bruno’s new place of employment, still to be determined!
- September – Lobster!
Since we have other goals in between, our training plans are only set until the Sprint tri (see Day’s and Bruno’s). In the meantime, we will of course be purchasing gear and trying to convince myself that I really do not need a third bike at this time.
Both images borrowed from The Lobsterman Triathlon Facebook page.