My plans were to race my second, and final, Ironman for my 60th birthday. This would be in 2014. I had originally planned on returning to Louisville to complete this goal. This had been my plan for over a year.
With this in mind, I began researching which 70.3 distance I would race. Because of the timing, and with the input from my coach, I chose Ironman 70.3 Raleigh. June 1, 2014. This race sold out quickly last year, so I registered without hesitation.
Ironman 70.3 Raleigh June 1, 2014
Once registered for Raleigh, all I had to do was wait for registration to Ironman Louisville to open and my 2014 schedule would be set.
And then WTC announced a new Ironman event to their schedule. Ironman Chattanooga would be held on September 28, 2014.
It didn't take much thought or any deliberation to make the switch. Chattanooga, it would be. But now the registration. Not having any experience with registering for new events, I did not know how soon or if it even would sell out. The buzz around Middle Tennessee about this event was tremendous. It just seemed like most everyone was planning on racing it. Outside Middle TN, I did not hear much. I asked often on Twitter but the response was minimal. Not sure what to think of that.
Bottom line is I got my spot. But the registration process did not come without controversy. But perhaps that's a topic for another post.
Another, and the most important development came about when my daughter Juliana, announced that she too, will be racing Ironman Chattanooga 2014.