Most of you that follow the blog or the podcast, and especially all of you Facebook and Twitter followers, know that Chattanooga is now off the table. I thought that I could train through the medical issues but it is not getting better and now to the point that I was making it worse with the additional training levels. I was holding out to have a miracle happen and wake up one day and everything would be fine, but just not to be, so better to pull the plug now and get a transfer to a 70.3. We requested Austin in October and both got in, so now another 30 days for training, a different venue to get familiar with, and figuring out the best way to get there. All races have their problems I guess.
This in NO way means that racing and training will stop. In addition to Austin we have races 2,3, and 4 of the Central Florida Series in Clermont through the summer, REV 3 Venice and Space Coast Half Marathon (with Team in Training) in November, Mount Dora Half Marathon in December, Disney Marathon (with Team in Training) in January, and Badwater Cape Fear in March.
I think my racing calendar is actually MORE now.
So anyway, it was a hard decision, and I am going to feel like crap on September 28th I know, but will have fun stalking Beth, Mary, Stacey, etc. still going up there. I wish there was a way to make the trip anyway to be able to cheer for everyone as they give their first 140.6 mile races a shot.
It is inevitable that I try to figure out what I did wrong. I know the reason for the aches and pains, but let’s be honest, there are others that have my issues and do the races, so I obviously have to figure out how to work through this.
I want to say one thing. This is not due to any lack of effort on my part. I know most won’t say that to me, but I know there are some reading this that think exactly that. My training plan was solid and I was doing my best to put in the miles. I was on track as well, with the exception of running, and that proved to be my ultimate undoing. Running has always been a problem for me since starting triathlon. My weight contributes to this, but with the arthritis issue and the inflammation problems, running seem to trigger these the next day. On my short little group runs on Monday and Thursday with St. Pete Running Company I can feel my feet and ankles starting to ache on the drive home. And that’s only a three-mile run. I cannot imagine what they would feel like after 26.2 (not to mention the 122 mile bike beforehand). I thought, foolishly, that pushing myself a bit more would help, but this actually made it worse and led to the decision to pull from the race.
And yes, I know Ironman Austin is still a 70.3 mile jaunt, but I think I can run 13.1 miles. Probably slowly, but I can do that, and I KNOW I can ride 56 and swim 1.2, so it made sense. Jennifer agreed with my assessment and transferred her entry as well, which I really appreciate so I don’t have to go alone. Another plus is friends I have made through the blog and podcast are also doing that race so I get to meet up with a few of them. It’s always good to know someone.
So, once more, my training plan is altered to the 70.3 miles distance. 115 days to go, which is plenty of time. The hills are not as bad in Austin but there are still some 11-13% climbs in there, so there will be many 40-50 loops in San Antonio and Clermont (along with the Clermont races). I bit the bullet on my road bike and switched out my crankset to a compact and switched the cassette from a 12-25 to a 11-28 which should help me a bit in the climbing. If anyone has any advice on traveling and bike shipping let me know.
And …. onward