I have some ambitious goals for this year, so I had a race schedule planned out early on, but of course even a couple months later, I'm already making some adjustments. Partially due to coming to grasp with reality (umm, 200 mile bike ride when I'm scared to go out for a 10 mile loop around the neighborhood? maybe not ready for that quite yet), plus scheduling trips and such. And I also realized that - due to actually doing some tax season races this year to keep myself extra motivated - I have at least one race most months of the year, so I decided to fill in the gaps and do at least one every month.
As far as meeting my time goals for races this year, I think I'm actually on track. I plugged my 5k PR (from New Year's) into the McMillan calculator, and according to that, I should be capable of the 2:30 half I really want, as well as the 5:30 (maybe 5:00?) marathon.
So now the race plan is:
First Run 5k
Micro Marathon 2.62
Fight for Air Climb 80 floors
PRC predict 5k - This race doesn't allow timing devices (you win by finishing closest to your prediction, not by actually coming in first). So I don't want to go for a PR, but rather a hard-ish pace that I know I can accomplish. Probably about 11:00.
Shamrock Run 5k - I think I'm going to aim for a new PR, assuming the weather is decent (it could easily be pouring rain, in which case I'd focus more on not slipping), maybe sub-10:00 pace?
Hop Hop half marathon - Aiming for sub 2:30.
Bloomsday 12k - My PR for this race is ridiculously slow compared to my 10k, which it really should be similar to (only a quarter mile longer). This is in part due to "Doomsday hill", but more so due to how often I do single-digit weekly mileage leading up to it since it's right after tax season. Since I'm training for an April half, and then a July full, that won't be the case this year, and I think I'll aim for a sub-12:00 pace (maybe even sub-11:00, depending on how things goes between now and then), to beat my 10k PR pace.
Helvetia 10k or half marathon
Foot Traffic Flat marathon
Portland Century bike - probably only 45 or 80 mile option
Hood to Coast
Portland Triathlon - I'm pretty sure I just want to stick to improving on my sprint distance time, rather than step up to the Olympic distance, considering still feel about biking and swimming.
A Very Poplar Run 5k or 10k - I found this race a few years ago, and have been meaning to do it every year since, and just haven't prioritized making it happen.
Tofurkey Trot 5k