This year certainly has not gone as planned. I was prepared for a reduced race schedule and training challenges, but I wasn't prepared for the forced hiatus I ultimately had to take. First I made the decision to withdraw from Ironman Mont Tremblant and take a year off from Ironman. Then a series of life events led to missed race after missed race, making my current average 0 for 3 (Hollywood Half Marathon, Parkway Classic 10-Miler, Gran Fondo New York). I know the races weren't meant to be and the more serious life events that needed my focus were. It's been a difficult time on many levels, but letting go of the races and training obligations was necessary. The past two months have brought sharp perspective on the priorities in my life and as I've learned over and over again, it's the most challenging times that often bring the greatest reward.
So this weekend I'm hitting the restart button and beginning again, hopefully a little stronger emotionally and a lot more grateful. Not being able to train or race or enjoy time outdoors doing what I love has made me realize just how much I love it. Sunday will be my first race of the season, the Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon in San Diego. I trained for approximately 10 days, but my drive to get back on my feet, both literally and figuratively, will carry me to the finish. The emotional high of finishing a race of any distance and sport is incomparable and I know will be the catalyst for getting back on track. Detour over.