As I look at my rusty chain on my road bike and prepare it for a 50 mile bike ride for this weekend with a group of Tri club members. For some reason I thought of all the things I have neglected over the past year training for my IronMan race.
Family? Playing with my child? Sleeping in? Sleeping at all? Friends? Practicing my martial arts?
Some how I realized at that point I need to slow down and take some time and enjoy the things I have surely missed along the way.
So for the next month or 2 it will all be about that.
I stayed in late on Saturday, over-slept, woke up when I felt like it. I finally brought down the mighty tree house that has been unstable for the past 5 years due to neglect. I actually promised my little girl I would build her a new one by her birthday. Yeah, that was in August.
So , eventhough I have the Chicago marathon in 5 weeks, I think I will just try to do the best I can that day. Not really a "A" race for me. When I ran it in 2005, I told myself, in 2006 would actually going to be my debutante IronMan race for me. Yeah I know kinda of silly, I just wanted to run the race as a an IronMan and wear my jersey to tell everybody what I did this summer. In 2005 I saw some IronMan Wisconsin racers running the marathon, they had their shirts on and it was cool just seeing them. I thought to myself next time next year I will be one of them. So mission accomplished, leave the watch at home, don't worry about how many mile I have to do today, an let the fun begin leading up to the Chicago Marathon and due the things I have missed along the way.
A friend of mine Doug, shot this at the IMWI race, Frank Farrar, a true 77 year old Ironman stud to swim 2.4 miles in a speedo, who is going to Kona. That is badass.