I was supposed to run the Good Samaritan Challenge 12K this morning; that didn’t happen. I realized last night as I was mowing the yard (a 90-minute long full-body workout, by the way) that I wasn’t prepared mentally or physically for the race. I ran four miles at 8:41 on Thursday, and it felt pretty good…but that was 2/3 the distance of the race, and I just wasn’t in the “mood” to race today. We’ve had a rough week (those of you who follow me on Twitter will have seen the post about one of our cats), and I’m still a bit tired from XTERRA it turns out. I’ve also gone ahead and cancelled my entry for the Sunriver Half Marathon in a couple weeks…as I mentioned, I’m still not mentally back in the game, and it’s gonna take some time to get there.
Is this the end of the world? Not hardly. I train partially to race, but mostly to stay fit and healthy. I look forward to my races and the challenge they bring, but they can also be stressful…especially if I already have some emotional baggage I’m carrying around at the time. In the end, this will ultimately work out better, and I can focus on spending time with my wife and the cats.
So I guess that’s the end of my race season, since I wasn’t able to get into the Silver Falls Half Marathon (entry filled in 10 minutes, accompanied by a server crash). That’s fine with me. This gives me more time to focus on training, and get some things dialed-in that I’ve been wanting to work on anyway. When the pool reopens in a couple weeks, I’ll be there, working on my crawl and getting my damn face in the water. I’ll also use the rest of the summer and fall to get some mileage on my road bike again, and work on my power and endurance; I’ll probably get a trainer for this winter so I can log some garage hours and keep my cycling skills up.
Am I bummed? A little. But that’s the way the cookie crumbles sometimes…mmm, cookies… My race calendar for 2014 is already well-formed, and I plan to hit it with everything I’ve got!
How do you handle race entry cancellations or interruptions?