I’ve been joking that in 2018, my body decided to fall apart. Labral tear, ovarian cyst, and just lots of random aches and pains, mostly related to recovering from the tear and from surgery. Last week, for example, my back randomly went into a spasm and it still kind of hurts over a week later. Getting old sucks.
This weekend, I tracked a bunch of friends doing various races, from marathons to 70.3s to 140.6s, and it was just another reminder of why I love racing so much. It was so fun to see the alerts pop up on my phone or photos from spectators showing up on social media. I loved seeing everyone’s post-race posts. Some people set PRs and met personal goals, others struggled, and a few ended up with DNFs. But everyone was so very positive. Sometimes, a race goes great and sometimes, no matter how much you prepare, your race goes wrong. I’m so proud of everyone, but especially those who chose to stop when they realized that continuing meant risking harm to themselves.
I’ve been going back and forth on whether or not I want to race a 70.3 next year. It’s a lot of training. I did one in 2016, and loved it, but took 2017 off because I couldn’t make things work with my schedule. I kind of regretted that decision, which was why I was scheduled to race 70.3 Chattanooga this May. My body falling apart took that off the table. And I still have a ways to go to be back in the shape I was this time last year, so part of me says to take another year.
The other part of me says “GO FOR IT!” My recovery is going well and there is no indication that I won’t be able to race long a year from now. I’ve got multiple double-digit run races already on the calendar for this year, and it’s the run where I’ve got the most work to do. The next couple of months will certainly give me a good idea of where I’m at recovery wise and if it’s a good idea to try to race.
Honestly, I think my body will be fine. The big question is whether I want to put in the time. Training for a 70.3 is no joke. It’s especially no joke when you’re a slower racer. It’s a lot of hours.
But I do want the camaraderie that comes with a big race. I want the challenge and the rush of the finish.
Let’s be honest. I’m going to end up signing up for something big. I just have to figure out what.
I would definitely say GO FOR IT! I do understand, however, when you’ve had a challenging year – at times, you wonder if your body will ever bounce back and be able to take on the training load. Hope that you find a goal that really motivates you.