I’ve decided not to do Chesapeakeman 140.6 this September, or any other ultra distance triathlon for that matter.
I thought long and hard about the decision and talked it over carefully with my wife. I made the decision for many reasons, the biggest of which is that I wasn’t having as much fun as I want to have. I was taking myself too seriously and being nailed to an ironman training program wasn’t going to help me.
I also have two kids, including an 10 month old, and I wasn’t going to be able to be the kind of father that I wanted to be. When I had this discussion with my wife and told her of my decision, the look of relief on her face was confirmation enough that I was making the right choice.
I want to be able to go for a hike if I want, and not feel bad about missing a tempo run. I want to put my kayak in the water more often this summer and not feel bad about missing my swim. I want to enter races for all sorts of crazy reasons and not have to worry about whether they fit into my training schedule.
I’m still going to compete at Eagleman 70.3 and will likely find another half towards the end of the season, but I want the fun and freedom back in this sport. I’m planning on making my time less of a goal and focusing more on having fun and feeling great.
I’m really happy about this and look forward to doing an Ironman one day. Now is just not the right time for me.