Same problem here. Last year I at least 3 tri-club events (possibly up to 5) plus my first Olympic tri and at least 1 other certified race. I also planned to do my second marathon and hopefully parlay that into a 70.3 in 2021. Welp, we all know how that went. Zero of that happened and now I haven’t been able to swim since last March and I haven’t done any running since October (tho that’s more my fault, but it’s also winter and I don’t have a treadmill).
Anyway… Last year I did a whole bunch of virtual running and some virtual cycling events. But they are all do on your own time and by yourself and weren’t really races. One was to do 700 miles of running, cycling, or a combination of the 2. I was able to knock that out in just over a month last fall. Plus there was my knighthood.
This year I was given the a coupon for the cost of my cancelled Olympic Tri from 2020 which I had to use before the end of Feb to sign up for a 2021 race, or lose it. So I signed up for a race in October. We’ll see if it happens. And if I’m not able to get into a pool soon, I’ll have to switch it to a duathlon (and also start running again in the near future).
The marathon I was signed up for in Nov 2020 was switched to a half marathon in March of 2022.
So, that’s all the “real” racing I have to look forward to. I don’t want to plan anything more until things actually improve safety-wise since I have at least 2 members of my immediate family that are high-risk, so I have to worry not just about myself, but also about bringing things home and endangering them.
In the meantime, on Monday I just did the first in a series of short TT races on Z***t. There are a LOT of virtual races there. They even have some virtual duathlons going on, too (if you have a treadmill and a running pod).
Ironman has an app with a lot of virtual tri events as well as single discipline events. Ironman also owns the Rock N Roll series and there are a number of virtual Rock N Roll events, as well. I did a number of both of those in 2020 until I stopped running for the winter.
I’m considering a second knighthood attempt, just for fun. And then there’s GSL…
Last year I was all about getting more bling. Now I realize I don’t have the money for all the bling, and the bling just doesn’t seem as fun when it’s a virtual event that I can do on my own time. Events that are more organized and time-constrained like the ToS feel better. But most events don’t feel the same as finishing a live race with other humans and being given a medal at the finish line (instead of one arriving in the mail whenever it happens to get here).
So many options. It just depends on what you’re looking for, and if you’re looking for bling, or looking for experiences.