I read blogs. I follow people on Twitter and Facebook. I really love reading about people and the training they do. For me, it's like having partners in pain.
No matter what distance you do, it's hard work being a triathlete. I have so much respect for those of you who get your training done while working challenging schedules. At this point in my life, I have quite a bit of flexibility when it comes to training, but I have done the 5am master's. I have gotten up at 4 to do my runs. I've done long rides on the trainer at 9pm. I've done all that. I understand what it takes to manage life + triathlon.
I wanted to mention this because I am really excited to head back into the world of the 70.3 this year. It might seem like I don't care about the rest of my races, but I do. In fact, I have a countdown on my desk until my first race in May. Each race has its own goals and purpose, and my schedule has been built in such a way that it builds perfectly for my half.
I have 2 A races, but I prefer to think of them as A race and A+ race.
I waited a long time to go back to long distance. I ain't gonna lie. I've taken a lot of heat from triathletes for waiting and being patient.
We all have to do what is best for ourselves and our families. Waiting was the right thing for me to do. And, I never felt bad about it. I never wished or dreamed of going back to Ironman (half or full).
I never regretted my decision. That's why this year is extra sweet for me.
I have goals for my races....of course I do. I dream big. As each race comes along, I'll put them all out there: easy, moderate, challenging and pie in the sky goals.
But the biggest goal that I have for this year is to enjoy the entire process, I deserve that. I've waited long enough to do this. I want to savor every step of the way.
If I could I would have each and every one of you at the finish line in October where we could celebrate the finish AND my birthday all in one swoop.
Until then, I'll be enjoying the ride, one race at a time.