Ironman Lake Placid has a sort of special place in my heart. I’ve never actually raced there, but it was the first ironman I ever watched, back in 2013 when Matt raced. We also spent some time training there that summer. I dreamed of coming back one day and racing. When they removed the pro race last year, I knew I might have to wait to be able to race there. This year, they reinstated the women’s pro race, and I immediately jumped on the chance to race it this year. This was going to be my key race for the year – since we are getting married in September, fall racing is a little more difficult.
Long story short – I won’t be toeing the line at Ironman Lake Placid this year. As I started to ramp up training in the spring, things just weren’t clicking. While I normally live the busy life of being both a working professional and pro triathlete, add in wedding planning and some other life stuff, I just started to feel out of control. I was stressed and overwhelmed, my workouts were terrible, and I could tell my health was suffering – getting sick, inconsistent sleep, exhausted all the time, among other issues. I could have very well been suffering from some level of adrenal fatigue or other hormonal issues (though nothing officially diagnosed – I’m not going to go into the details here, right now).
In the middle of May, I decided to take a break. Getting ready to have a wedding – this is suppose to be one of the best times of my life! While everything in my life was good, it was just too much and I was falling apart. We all like to believe we can do it all, but sometimes reality hits hard. The timing just wasn’t good for doing a summer ironman. I had to give up the dream of Ironman Lake Placid (for this year). While it was incredibly hard, and I felt like I was letting people down, it was 100% the right decision. Ironman training just takes too much time and energy that I didn’t have right now. I needed to focus on getting myself healthy, and enjoying every bit of the amazing wedding we are having in just a few months!
I took about a month off from any formal training, just doing what I wanted, before starting back up to try and tackle a few races for the end of this summer. While I love the long stuff, racing the short stuff is really fun too! When your whole race is shorter than an ironman swim, you gotta go really fast 🙂 I’ve jumped into a couple of local sprint tris, and will be racing the Boston Tri (olympic) next weekend. Doing these more low key races removes a lot of the pressures and reminds me of why I love racing. I also plan to race Pumpkinman, a half ironman in Maine, in September. While I don’t know my exact plans for next year, you can expect me to be back at it in full force! (and with a new last name 🙂 )
So, I won’t be there this weekend. I won’t be racing, and unfortunately, I won’t even be able to make it to spectate (due to some wedding to dos!). But I’ll be thinking of all my Coeur and QT2 teammates (so many of you!) and cheering for you all day. ♥