good stuff, thanks. If there's more (anyone) don't be shy. plus if you think this is a good/bad idea. 7 months is too far out if anything. I think shooting for 2-3 months would be more productive. Your event will seem too abstract past that horizon, and unless you are an extremely disciplined guy, youre not going to make the most of all that time. 3 months out, and you're going to feel the urgency to make every day count. There is also the benefit of getting a race under your belt. Finishing a race is going to tell you things about how you need to train for the next event than any amount of reading on the interwebs.