Maryland…

The weather should have been a big red flag from the beginning… Between the insane swim conditions, that gave me nightmares from the moment of Athlete check-in through the flooded bike paths the entire day prior, I should have known that this would be a terrible, terrible idea…

The morning of the race, they had already shortened the bike course due to the flooding and the continual rain. But I thought, what is 8 miles? That’s not a big deal, it’s still an Ironman, right? (They eventually ended up cutting more mileage race day).

As we all approached the swim start, everything was still flooded, the water was white caps with boats rocking hard in the wind. Initially the race start time was delayed and then finally cancelled. I get it, I do, it was in everyone’s best interest… but a duathlon is not an Ironman… a duathlon without Iron distances is certainly not an Ironman. My heart was broken, just completely smashed…

I don’t blame the race director or staff, I understand on social media, a lot of people do. But he didn’t know that the weather was going to end up going the way it did… I’m shocked there weren’t better contingency plans, as I understand this is a regular issue at this venue.

Here are some pics of what this day looked like:

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I think I will be taking a hiatus from this Ironman goal for a while, and maybe triathlon as a whole. I’m not sure. I’ll stick with running, as it is and always will be the place that I find peace, and decide what I want to do in 2017.

5 thoughts on “Maryland…

  1. I saw video of the run on Facebook and immediately thought of you; it looked horrible. I especially noted this line from your post:

    “I think I will be taking a hiatus from this Ironman goal for a while, and maybe triathlon as a whole. I’m not sure. I’ll stick with running, as it is and always will be the place that I find peace, and decide what I want to do in 2017.”

    Don’t be discouraged. Hopefully on some reflection you will see that you don’t in any way lack the capability or capacity to complete an Ironman. You’ve been pretty unlucky with weather at both extremes, and Maryland was off the scale! You’ve done the training, and you have the capability – now its in your mind. On the right day its an achievable goal for you; I would understand if you decided it wasn’t for you – but never think that you cannot do it, but rather embrace that it is something that you don’t want to do.

    Best of luck!

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  2. WOW, look at those conditions, nasty! I simply love your attitude, its always so easy to blame the organisers who have to make hard calls with everyone in mind!

    Reflect on the training you have done, the distance you cover, how far you’ve come, then set out your goals to move forward! Reflect, Review & Plan!

    You journey is far from over and will take you anywhere you want it to! Congratulations on coming this far, I cant wait to see where you head next!

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