After Eagleman, I was not sure what my plans were going to be. I had not scheduled much since we were not sure if we were moving....and if we were going to move, my focus needed to be on getting everyone acclimated to a new state and new places.
Fast forward...we are staying put in PA. I had no races scheduled and had gone back and forth about what I really wanted to do the remainder of the season. I had a couple of long and encouraging conversations with Kelly who happens to be a good friend and my mentor extrodinaire in this sport...she is great at helping me see the bigger picture and keeping me in check. After talking with both Kelly and Jen, I decided that I am going to run this fall. I will race a small local olympic in early August and then it is onto marathon training...WAHOO!
Trying to manage the kids at home all summer, traveling for summer trips and family visits, and entertaining guests was going to make training another long course event difficult. I was not entirely sold on racing another half ironman even though I did not hit my goal at Eagleman. I hopefully have a lot of years left in the sport and the time will come to hit that. Secondly, my run is my limiter by far...so to spend the fall knowing that I am going to focus on running lit a nice little fire.
I had missed riding with others and training without such intense focus. This choice gives me a little breathing room which I needed. I have fun plans for 2013 in the works and I want to make sure I stay healthy.
So onward we go....ready to run, run, run!