Since early 2011 my goal race has been the Taupo Half Ironman. Obviously I missed my first opportunity last year, through my calf injury. But since re starting training this year I have been building nicely towards the 2012 event. And now there is a new fly in the ointment, in the form of a new race, an Ironman 70.3 race in Auckland, in January, 6 weeks after the Taupo event.
This new race is based in the Viaduct Harbor in Auckland, an area where I have spent a lot of time, where I worked for 5 years, almost a 2nd home. The race also goes over the Auckland harbor bridge. Which, at least from my point of view is quite a novelty factor. And I would have the chance to compete in an inaugural event.
So the question is what to do? Do I ignore the new event and continue with my plans to race Taupo? Or should I try to do both? Or do I do what may be the intelligent option, and move my focus to ironman Auckland, which would give me more time to get down closer to racing weight, and to increase my fitness...
I'm leaning towards doing Auckland over Taupo. The extra 6 weeks training could be invaluable, the novelty factor of the location, in the center of the city seem, at this stage, to be too much to pass up. Entries open in 5 days, so I've got a little more time to think things over. But the odds are that this time next week, I'll be locked in to racing my home town.