I had my mind made up. I was going to do Ironman Chattanooga. Even if I qualified for Hawaii, it didn’t ‘make sense’. I didn’t feel I had been performing well enough to put in a respectable performance. Financially, I would drop $5k minimum to do Kona; with the pay out 10-deep, it would be tough to make a return. Chattanooga would be less expensive, less travel, and a much larger chance of ‘return on performance’ so to speak. I was absolutely certain this was the plan, and I’ll admit it felt a bit empowering knowing “even if I qualify, I’ll turn it down…it just isn’t the best decision.” As I mulled it over heavily, within 24 hours I had a complete change of heart and I told Derick, “I think I want to do Kona.” (Thankfully, he was completely on board.)
The past two races were slow to get put into writing. Sometimes you have those events whereby while you’re proud of the effort, the result in your opinion is just ‘meh’. That is how I feel about both Buffalo Springs and Racine 70.3. That said, there was a similarity in both races which is something I am proud of and that is the attitude I managed to maintain throughout and how it helped get me to the finish line; in what I feel are less than stellar 3rd and 4th places, but in reality are nothing to hang my head about.
One thing I have realized over many years of competing as a professional triathlete is that while the sport may be fairly straight-forward and for the most part rewards pure fitness over ‘skill’, there is a need for occasional change to one’s program. Sure most of us follow a typical weekly routine, but I’ve found that what may have produced a result a few years back may not work now. What could have worked 8 months ago may not be as effective today. As our bodies are constantly changing, so must our training.