I’m in! Look out, Rocketman Triathlon, I’m coming at ya!
Because of the insane fee I had to pay for Ironman Florida and the pretty penny I just spent on my new B16, my racing budget is very limited this year. I’m only signing up for one or triathlons leading up to IMFL (unless I see a really good deal pop for a race between now and then) and decided to pick my hometown inaugural race, the Rocketman Triathlon, as one of them.
I’m really excited about this race. Not only are two of my siblings also participating, but the starting line isn’t far from my parents’ house. That means we all have a free place to stay on race weekend and my parents won’t have to travel far to cheer us on. Plus, it’s a great excuse to hang out with the fam.
Not only that, I’m particularly interested in the bike course of this race. The course takes cyclists through the previously off-limit back roads of Kennedy Space Center. When they were scouting land for KSC in the early 60s, they wanted a large, empty land plot that was separated from the rest of society. Once they settled on land, they bought all the surrounding inhabitants’ land (long story short, my grandparents were grouped in with those land owners who were bought out by the government) and turned the surrounding area into a national wildlife preserve, the majority of which has remained off limits to the public.
When the space shuttle program came to an end a couple of years ago, and private companies started moving into KSC, they began to open up some of those roads to cyclists for various occasions (KSC hosted an employee friends and family ride last October). From what I’ve heard, the ride is gorgeous. You’re surrounded by natural Florida wetlands, it isn’t uncommon to see an alligator, and the views of the space center itself are worth the ride. You’re basically escaping reality when you’re out there.
Because of the unique set up of the bike course, the bike route distances are a little more than a traditional triathlon.
- Classic + (7:30am start)
- Swim 1/4 mile, Bike 33 miles, Run 3.1 miles
- International + (7:15am start)
- Swim .93 miles, Bike 33 miles, Run 6.2 miles
- Half Iron (6:30am start)
- Swim 1.2 miles, Bike 56 miles, Run 13.1 miles
I’ve registered for the “classic distance” which has the same swim and run distance as your typical sprint triathlon, but a 33 mile bike ride instead of the typical 12 mile. Since my bike is my weakest sport, I’m actually excited for this set up. The extra miles will give me some much needed race time and experience in my saddle.
The Rocketman Triathlon is May 5th – plenty of time to get my training in gear before race day. I’m pumped and excited for this new challenge. It’s going to be a great race. 🙂
Have you ever done a race in your hometown?
Maddie and I stuck with our training schedule this morning and did our traditional easy Thursday morning run. Today we picked the mileage up to 4 miles, but stuck with our 9:30ish pace.
I made a bowl of fruit and nuts with a side of egg for breakfast.
I had my heart set on eggs and was a little disappointed when I pulled the egg carton out and there was only one egg left. I tried to pump the single egg up with spinach and feta cheese, but it still looks a little puny.
I paired my lonely egg with a big bowl of apple and peach covered with almond butter and walnuts.
That filled me up.
TIme to get this day started.
Have a great Thursday!