All day yesterday I grappled with my decision to officially register for the Columbia Triathlon in May.

I honestly couldn’t tell you what I was going to do until I went to sleep late last night. {I’ve always been a good procrastinator.}

 

I was encouraged by your positive comments…

tri-comments

…and even took a poll.

side of sneakers facebook poll

But ultimately, I was the one that had to make the decision.

 

And I decided…

 

Not to do it.

Sad smile

 

Not my favorite decision. But in the end it came down to being smart and realistic, and realizing there’d be other opportunities.

 

Why I Decided Not to Race

  • In the past 10 months, I’ve only been running for 3 weeks. A 45 minute 5K laden with obstacles and delays was the farthest I’ve run since last June.
  • The race is in 5 weeks. {6.2 miles for the run}
  • The run I hurt my knee on was 6 miles. I’d run two half marathons leading up to that 6 mile run- I was well-trained, and still got hurt.
  • I knew I couldn’t ask people for money and not fulfill my obligation to complete the race.
  • Knowing that, I might not have made the wisest decisions for my body come race day. {I.e: drop out on the run.}
  • I don’t have a bike yet
  • I already have a full race calendar, with tris in June and August, and a bike ride in July. I don’t want to blow a whole season on one race, no matter how much that’s the one I really want to do.

and ultimately,

  • If it were any of you asking me for the same advice, I’d tell you not to do it.
  • I’m keeping mom and the husband happy. Smile {Hey, they’re the ones that’d have to listen to me complain about my hurting knee and not being able to run. Kind of like they have for the past 10 months…}

 

I don’t think it’s a coincidence my inbox was full of race registration announcements this morning. I’m tired of sitting on the sidelines, and I’m going to do whatever I can to make sure I don’t have to anymore. It felt fantastic to write that race recap this weekend, and I want to write more!

 

So, while I won’t be doing the Olympic tri next month, I’m still in training mode- just for a shorter race 4 weeks later. Shorter + more time to train can only = good things. Right?