This August, I finished my first Ironman (IMKY) in 12:59:54; now I'm hooked. Sure, maybe it sounds crazy, but I've decided I'd like to work towards qualifying for Kona before I turn 30 (5 yrs). Given that this is my long term goal, I was wondering what shorter-term objectives I should set for myself this year, especially with respect to race selection.
Given the time demands involved in full IM and the sacrifices required, I was considering spending next season working on building speed via 2 HIMs (Steelhead in July & Austin in Oct) shooting for something in the low 5s, and building off that speed base in 2011 whence I could resume full IM training in a more time-efficient manner.
The alternative would be doing Steelhead in July (for fun, it's very close) and IM Arizona in Nov as my A race (though I do have some concerns about shifty Chicago weather in Nov).
The former option (the two HIMs) seems more practical, but I just wanted to be sure that it wouldn't be detrimental to my longer term development as an IM athlete. Thoughts?