This past week was an exciting week for me, I have broken out of my little turtle shell and began exploring. I joined the Fox Cities Triathlon Club late last year since it's free, so of course I'm in and I recently started to attend their functions. I am helping out with the TRI 101 clinic doing the following:
1. I spoke a few words of wisdom at the TRI 101 class Wed
2. Help out with the Newbie Rides (2)
3. Help out at the Running Form Clinic
4. Help out with the Newbie Runs (2)
* I am being selfish and taking the Swim Clinic and Open Water Swim classes
At our March meeting on Sunday, we had a local runner come speak to us about doing multiple distance races in a short period of time. She is now a pacer for 8 marathons a year and it was such a great learning experience. I am interested in pacing so I was excited to hear her story and chat her up afterwards. I emailed her after the fact and I have the opportunity to "unofficially" pace at the Cellcom GB half marathon for the 2:20 pace group, she is the pace team leader and paired me up with one of the pacers. I was signed up to run already so I am sacrificing this race to hit the Sub 2 half I'm looking for but I will gain so much knowledge & experience. I found I have more fun at races when it's about other people and not me hitting my goals.
I will be volunteering this coming Sunday for the local St. Pat's race, I will be at a water stop on the 17K course (they also have a 5K) and helping with cleanup of the course. Can't wait to help out and encourage the runners on, hope the weather cooperates. I was excited to learn that they have a MVP program where if you volunteer for 5 hours at a race you get a free race entry. This includes their most expensive race which is a half Ironman distance. Why did I just figure this out? This cheap lady is always looking for deals and I think I will volunteer more so I can do more races for free!
My racing schedule may just start filling up even more for this year and will definitely be using this to pay for the Half Ironman race next year :)