So, what happened?
As recently as three days ago, I was mulling over the blog post I'd write prior to the race. It would be the first race I hadn't really trained up to. However, 5 weeks ago, I finished one 4 times the distance, so I was confident I could do it. It was going to be my fun race, my celebration race. My no pressure race.
Until I started feeling sick. At first, just kind of unsettled, then actively nauseous. Then, yesterday, I took my son out for a short bike ride (while I ran with him). That brief exercise left me dizzy and nauseous.
I considered doing the race anyways. I hate the idea of signing up for a race, paying for it, and not doing it. I could have toughed it out as I have countless training sessions and a couple races when I didn't feel great.
But, what would I accomplish? Certainly not my goals for this race, which was to let myself have fun, and go in with no pressure.
So, it is with a heavy heart that I made the decision to DNS (Do Not Start). I really wanted to do this race, but going into it when I'm feeling ill is not going to benefit me. It may be "only" a sprint distance, but as I discovered when I did Sylvan Lake, a sprint distance can be really really long if you have an uncooperative tummy.
So, the 70.3 was my last triathlon this year, and that's okay. It was a good one, it was a strong one, and it was a huge accomplishment. I'm happy to end this year's triathlon with that as my final race.
Now, onto a weight loss focus and a running focus for a bit. Watch me get stronger, and next year's triathlon season will be even more epic then this one was. :)