Thoughts from Erin: My Summer and When You Know It’s Time To DNS

I knew going into this racing season that it was not going to be like the previous ones. I had 6 weddings to attend this year including 3 bridal showers and 2 bachelorettes (I had to pull from the third due to work). Go figure that 3 of those weddings took place in the month of August. This summer was very challenging for me mentally and as a result physically as my training and long training sessions took a nose dive. I was exhausted from traveling and the other things in life taking place that all I could rely on was the regular training I could fit in. The last time I was able to get in a long bike ride was June. That was one of the signals for me that I was not going to be ready for my triathlons this summer. As a result, I decided to make my half ironman in Williamsburg into an Olympic. But when August rolled around, my endurance levels fell so I was concerned about racing 70.3 Atlantic City. Thankfully I was able to double check those endurance levels just in case I could pull it off at the Nations Triathlon Relay. Unfortunately, it confirmed what I knew. That racing 70.3 miles was not going to be possible, mainly because when I race I want to know that I can pull off a B when it’s a C. I didn’t even feel like a C going into this race so I decide to instead make this a weekend to relax, reset the mind and get in some long training sessions.  If there is something I can educate, it is so important to listen to your body and your mind. I could have forced myself to race AC, but then I wouldn’t mentally be in a good mindset. For me, mental fitness is just as important and I know when my mental levels have hit their capacity. I wish I was there with my teammates of course but I have 70.3 NC in October which will be my A race and the one I put all of my training and efforts into. Plus not I have “some” weekends to get in long bike rides. Plus if I can get my training up even more, maybe I will decide on a late season marathon, but we will see and I am not pushing it. I honestly am more focused on October and maybe fitting in some fun shorter distance races at the end of the year to propel me into the spring racing season.   I know many of you rely on my race reports to see if it is something you would be interested in doing, so I will ask my friends racing how it went and link up with them so you know how this year was different than last. 

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