This post is a long time coming. And just plain long. I apologize in advance if it seems like a bunch of random thoughts thrown out. But there are a lot of factors going into my plans for the year and I want to try to explain them all so that my decision makes sense (even if just to me).
After making the announcement of my goal of qualifying for the Ironman World championships (one day) back in October, I began filling my race calendar with triathlons – 70.3 Eagleman in June, 70.3 Princeton in September, Ironman Florida in November. Every ounce of my competitive self wanted to train my butt off and focus as much time and energy as I could to start the road to (hopefully one day) qualify for Kona. (*Note: the only race I am currently signed up for is Eagleman; I held off on Princeton and it is now sold out; I was going to run IM Florida with Team Refuel again so no entry was necessary.)
I don’t remember the exact moment or day, but at some point in December / January I kind of had that “aha” moment and realized there was a part of me that did NOT want to train for an Ironman this year. (I kind of alluded to it in this post.) It’s not that I didn’t want to do it – more that priorities and other outside factors outweighed my training for an Ironman. I may have only done one, but I can tell you this – you have to be all in. If there is a part of you that doubts your decision or feels guilty, you won’t get through training. So the decision was made to postpone Ironmans until (more than likely) the boys are in school. It was a gradual decision brought on by a few factors – some of which are listed below.