Not really close at all to qualifying for a race that is not Kona

Email received from USAT – full text below. Basically, I was kind of not really close to qualifying for some AG championship race. They wants to let me know that I could try to qualify for the Olympic 2013 USA Triathlon Age Group National Championships by qualifying before July 11 (top 10% AG, I assume), or I get in the top 33% (why is it different at this race?) of my AG at one of these regional championship races. OR I could just drop $155 on the Sprint-Distance National Championships, which has open registration.

USAT. Ninja, please. I’m a little occupied. Training for Ironman Lake Tahoe (Don’t you talk to WTC? You know, your evil best friend? I gave them a lot of money. OVER A YEAR AGO). Ain’t nobody got time for this.

But… thanks?!? I think?

Edited due to my own stupidity. Thanks to Lara for pointing out that USAT and WTC are, in fact, two different entities.

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Congratulations! You’re receiving this email because you’re one of a select group of triathletes in the U.S. who has finished in the 11-20 percentile of your age group in at least one USA Triathlon-sanctioned local race over the past year. But, as you may know, those who finish in the top-10 percent automatically qualify for the Olympic-distance race on Aug. 10 at the 2013 USA Triathlon Age Group National Championships in Milwaukee.

In other words, you’re sooo close.

USA Triathlon would love to see you in Milwaukee, so we wanted to let you know there’s still time to qualify. If you improve your performance slightly and finish in the top-10 percent of your age group at any race distance during just one sanctioned event by July 11, you’re in. So visit our online race calendar today to find a sanctioned event near you.

Or, simply lock-in a race slot for Milwaukee now! Yes, you can grab a spot on the start line by registering today for the USA Triathlon Sprint-Distance National Championships on Aug. 11. Unlike the Olympic-distance division, the sprint features open registration (no qualification necessary) and, based on your finish, you can even earn the right to represent the United States at the 2014 ITU Age Group World Championships in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

Click here to register now.

If you have any questions about the 2013 USA Triathlon Age Group National Championships or the qualification process, please emailnationalevents@usatriathlon.org (do not reply to this email) or visit the Age Group National Championships page.

Whether it’s the Sprint-Distance or the Olympic-Distance National Championships (some people even do both!), we hope you’re up to the challenge and we look forward to announcing your name at the finish line in Milwaukee!

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Spinning those pedals…

Training has included some pretty significant bike rides so far. Good thing, since race day is < 15 weeks away!
 
1. Pre-Wildflower double Diablo, Saturday, April 27. Mt Diablo is 3,864 feet. The ride is 10-14 miles, depending on where you start your engines (say 12 miles, 3,500 ft climbing). We did it twice. In 100 deg temps. Brutal. But, 90 minutes of consistent climbing is very good mental prep. 
 
2. Motherlode Century. Saturday, May 11. Another scorching hot weekend. This time, a 94 mile “century” in El Dorado County. We took a LOT of breaks on this one. Aid stations were advertised to be fairly spread out, but then ended up being about every 10 miles or so. Good, after some of the particularly heinous climbs like Mosquito Road (six miles, lots of people walking their bikes)… but otherwise only really necessary for bottle refill since it was so hot. We enjoyed the watermelon, Jelly Belly beans, and other snacks a bit too much. Regardless, early in the season for a long ride. Good to get the mileage in the bank. 
 
3. Normal San Rafael lollipop out towards Petaluma. Saturday, June 1. Not a very BIG ride, but a good, consistent solo effort over about 60 miles. Two short map checks and a pit stop. Decent amount of time in my aero bars. Confidence booster.
 
4. Ironman Lake Tahoe course preview, Saturday, June 8. Definitely took a lot of breaks, but some strong efforts over 85 miles. We did two loops, which meant we got to see the big climb twice – and notice how it felt the second time around (Not as nice. Aside from the obvious fatigue, the heat had gotten turned up a bit more, and I think I benefitted from naivety the first time up.) The top of the Brockway climb is steep. About 1,100 feet of climbing in ~ 3.5 miles. Couple other kickers in there, including a minor, but surprisingly painful climb that we’ll get to do three times, due to the 2.333 loops we do on race day. Hoping to revisit the course again this summer!