It’s the week of Vineman 70.3. Sarah asked me the other day if I was excited about racing. The answer is no. I’m neither excited nor am I dreading it. I do like using neither and nor in sentences though. Indifferent would be the best way to describe it. Could care less how the race goes. Actually I don’t want to bonk. That just makes a long morning longer. Lately though I’ve been indifferent to training. In fact, I’m looking at Vineman as the end of my racing, at least for a bit. At least through the rest of July and August. Maybe the rest of this year, maybe for a few years. There are other things in life that I’ve been engaging in lately that I enjoy that aren’t related to endurance sports. The will to train 2-3 times a day for 14+ hours per week just isn’t there right now.
Besides it’s hot. And I’m no fan of the heat. My gym, here in Tucson sucks ass. It smells a little bit and it’s kept at 80F. I used to belong to LTF in Tempe. It was like going from a country club to a slum. I can’t wait for my contract to be up so I can bail.
In the future, should I race anymore, I think I’m going to schedule July and August as my off season. Then I’ll start working on everything in September again. That gives me plenty of time, if I don’t become a couch potato, to get into decent shape for the late September through early November races.
For the rest of this year, I’m pretty comfortable with not racing anymore. If I should choose to race, since I’ll still workout, not train mind you which is a whole different way of approaching fitness, I should have some horsepower left to do sprints and olympic distance tris. But mainly sprints. 1 hour and done.
If it wasn’t for Jeff talking crap about how much he is going to beat me by at Vineman, and the fact I’m splitting hotel and rental car cost with him, I have a airline ticket and I’ve already dropped my bike off at Trisports.com so they can drive it out to the race, I would stay home. Probably. This registering for a July race 8-12 months in advance really sucks. Who the hell knows how I’ll be feeling in July when I had to register in December because the damn race was almost sold out already. I think next year I’m sticking to non-WTC races where I can register 2-3 months in advance.
So this could be it for racing for a short or long bit. It’s been somewhat of a bumpy road getting to this point but here I am.