I am not sure exactly how to tell you this, but I need a break. We had a great summer of racing and B2B was the best race of my life, but I need some time away from you. Sure, I love you and your multi-sport habits, but since I have been with you, I am not getting enough of what I truly love. Running.
Yes, I will miss morning bike rides, chatting and laughing with the girls. And I will miss swimming outdoors on a sunny day. And I will miss being able to get on the podium in small races. And believe it or not, I will even miss the 14-hour training weeks that allow me to eat everything in sight without a guilty thought.
BUT, I will not miss all your equipment. I won’t miss lugging around a huge bag with bike shoes, a helmet, multiple water bottles, a tire pump, gloves, headbands, sunglasses, a bike computer, goggles, caps, fins, paddles, etc, etc, etc. I won’t miss the saddle sores, expensive bike repairs, goggle marks around my eyes and the constant chlorine stench. I won’t miss taking my bike on and off of the car every day and constantly fretting about it as I drive down the highway. I won’t miss holding back on my runs because I have a big bike ride afterward or the next day. And I certainly won’t miss flat tires or bike crashes.
Yes, I am in love with the 70.3 distance. And yes, I am (more than) a little curious to see if I can go sub-5:00. And of course, I will probably “use” swimming and biking for cross-training this winter and spring. Hell, we may even get back together for a few weekend flings next summer. But 2013 will not bring another 70.3. And it will definitely not bring a 140.6. (2014, maybe?)
2013 is the year of the marathon. It is the year that I will chase my 26.2 dreams and there is just no room for you in my life while I do that.
But trust me, it’s me, not you.
I know now, more than ever, that I will miss you, but don’t worry. I’ll be back.