About 2 weeks ago I wrote a blog entry titled "Will it happen?" about my hopes of getting into 2013's Ironman Florida. Joel and I had already registered as volunteers and had already booked a hotel room for that. I knew there was a chance that this trip wasn't going to happen, and now its not. The trip fell through. I don't really want to go into the personal details of why, but know that its mostly financial, November and December are always rough months for us, and the kids and their happiness always come first. No race will EVER be more important than them, and giving them a nice Christmas is a priority over me signing up for a 140.6 mile race on the Gulf.
That being said, I will be signing up for Ironman Louisville next year. I can register for that race in February after we recover from the holidays. This year's race is not sold out yet, so I hope Ironman Louisville doesn't suffer the same faith as Ironman St. George.
I realized the Florida plans and trip wasn't happening Saturday. Yesterday was my long bike ride, so I had a lot of time to think and reflect and look at pros and cons. The good things about doing Ironman Louisville again: I will still get to do another Ironman next year, both Joel and Loraine will be able to go this time, I know what to expect this time, I know where to book a hotel this time, I know exactly what I need to work on in training, I get a chance to attempt correcting mistakes I made last time, I will truly see how much progress I have made in 2 years since my second Ironman will be on the same exact course as my first. In addition to all that, I know people who are planning on this race for 2013, so it is always fun to race with people you know, and a buddy of mine who lives in Louisville, she is planning on volunteering if I am racing.
18 days until Muncie 70.3. Training is going well. I have been having issues running in heat lately, but I think those can be pinpointed to not being hydrated. Because of everyone's work schedule I have had to run in the evening, and at 7 p.m. it is still close to 90 degrees here. Race details have been released on the Muncie 70.3 website, I am bib #640 and I am in the 8th swim going off at 7:28.