Saturday, July 13, 2013

The....Comeback?


I don’t know... Maybe. I guess it depends on whether or not you think I was ever “gone.” I last raced in September of last year, but I’ve really only missed a couple months of true racing season. As far as I’m concerned, though, I was gone. Completely.

Nah, forget that. I could write you a sob story (trust me, I typed it up) but nobody wants to hear that. Long story short – Life was busy this spring. Triathlon was on hold. Life changed. Back to training. 

 What am I doing now? A lot of the training thing, a lot of the working thing, a lot of the life-figure-outing thing. But the triathlon part is what people probably care about. Maybe. I hope. At the very least, that’s what prompted this super novel idea to start typing about myself on the internet.  

There’s a (perhaps obvious, by now) reason I haven’t raced yet this year – I’m out of shape.
“Round is a shape!!”
Ok, not that bad… but seriously – my fat thighs still chafe on every damn run. Sucks.

Back on track….Two months of missed training and a semi-ok April do not make for a stellar season. And honestly, I’m not going to ever be in incredible shape this year. As far as I’m concerned it’s all about 2014 anyway.  That being said, I’m still going to race a bit in the next couple months. The timing of this post is hardly incidental – I’m planning to get things rolling at Chaska next weekend. Why Chaska? It’s a small race, close to home, short. Plus last year construction on the bike course caused some re-routing that cheated me out of a course record….wouldn't mind remedying that this time around. Will it happen? No idea. But I’ll get to that later in the week.

The big picture is this - I want to do this professionally at some point. That doesn't necessarily mean “disregard every other aspect of life in pursuit of a singular goal.” Something closer to “do as much as possible within the framework of a semi-normal life.” A distinction with an arguable degree of difference. What that goal actually means is the debatable part – I could fake my way into a pro card right now, provided I chase it around the country in search of the right race. Don’t really want to do that though. Feels a bit lame. Plus I'd just get rocked at the pro level right now - fighting to stay out of last isn't super appealing. If I’m good enough to be a semi-competitive pro in a few years I won’t have any trouble finding a card anyway.

So now I have a website, a place to ramble about my racing and some other good whatnot (“whatnot” = coolest word ever. Not that you need me to tell you that).  I do hope to make this more than a simple race preview/race report thing, but that might take a little time. If nothing else, it gives me a place to document what goes on in my own little tri-world. If you’re interested in "what goes on" and want to read about it, I think that's awesome. Now you know where to do that. If you’re not interested….well, it’s a little weird that you read this far. Until next time….train big, eat a lot, race hard.