Regardless, I'm trying to make the absolute MOST of the for-sure 2012 season that I have. I'm hoping I can impart some sort of lasting impact on my team. It's definitely grown stronger and more cohesive since my time as a 4/c. Without a doubt that's because of some of the inspiration I had from the older guys from class of '09 who'd been around back in the previous iteration of the CGA tri team that was a legitimate team, rather than just the loosely affiliated club. In addition to just trying to have that last little bit of fun with my team, I'm trying out ALLLL different types of racing this year. The front end of my season is jam-packed with races. I really want to figure out what I am best at, so here's my schedule:
3/3: Clermont Challenge- Clermont, FL ( draft legal sprint)
3/25: March Madness Duathlon, New York, NY* (sprint)
4/21: USAT Collegiate Nationals, Tuscaloosa, AL* (Oly)
4/21: USAT Collegiate Nationals Team Relay, Tuscaloosa, AL (super-sprint draft legal team relay)
4/29: XTERRA Jersey Devil, Barnegat, NJ (off-road sprint)
5/13: XTERRA King of the Hill, Lebanon, NJ (off-road sprint)
5/19: ITU Cross Triathlon World Championship/XTERRA Southeast Regionals-Pelham, AL (off-road Oly)
6/3: Harvey Cedars Triathlon, Harvey Cedars, NJ (draft-legal sprint)
6/10: Escape From Alcatraz Triathlon, San Francisco, CA (unique nightmarish semi-Oly, semi-half)
So a few notes about this: I've never done a draft-legal race before, so Clermont will be my first attempt, and we will see how it goes. Also, I write that I'm doing ITU Worlds for cross tri/XTERRA, but that's only if I can get a Team USA spot. It requires some application process that I've gone through, but it's no guarantee. I could just go ahead and do the race anyway, but I only want to do it if I'm part of Team USA.
If the all-over-the-place nature of my schedule isn't apparent enough, there are 9 races on the schedule. Only two will be contested on my TT bike, and one of those is just a duathlon...talk about weird. After Collegiate Nationals, I can pretty much put it away because I know I won't be racing on it until at least July, and that's assuming I move somewhere that I can reasonably continue to train and race.