Into the Light
Ever notice how during times leading to change that life seems to slowly close in on you, then suddenly opens to a new light as you make whatever decision is required?
That's how I feel right now. After a month of fighting giardia and losing training time and stamina, as my goal event of the year moves ever closer (Saturday, August 13) I have finally decided to abandon my attempt of the Leadville 100 this year.
[Wow, I can hardly write those words; it just feels so weird and disappointing to actually admit it.]
I'm having to face the fact that even if I start the race, I may not be able to finish in the required 12 hours (last year my time was 10:56.) And even if I did make it, it's very likely that I'd be setting back my health and training from overstressing my immune system once again...
...This race is simply too grueling to be good for me at this time. My coach agrees with this, my accupuncturist agrees, and most importantly (to me) my wife, Katherine tells me the same thing. Guess it's time to listen.
What a bummer.
BUT, the good news is that I have decided to go ahead and take the time off from work that I had already scheduled. I will use it to rest, eat well and train as my body tells me to. I'll push, but only with my next goal in mind: to be READY for my first solo attempt at the 24 Hours of Moab in mid-October.
Leadville, you'll just have to wait until next year.
There's definitely light at the end of this tunnel, BUT...