Saturday, December 31, 2011

No Motivation and the Fix

When I finished the 2011 Ironman Florida in November, in splendid fashion, I left my motivation somewhere out on the course.  In the past two months I've only competed in two 5K races and walked about a mile with my wife Susan.  I haven't run or biked at all.  That's NONE - ZIP - NADA!  Susan and I did have a short swim session at the county pool in November.  I guess that counts for something!

I have to say that it wasn't all my fault.  Susan laid down the law in early December.  She said that I would participate in Christmas or else.  I knew she was serious when she put a stop to my work refinishing the basement.  Since I started the basement project almost five years ago I've shown little desire to finish it.  I would have thought that once I showed some interest in working around the house than Susan would have sat back and let me go.  Nope, not until after Christmas!  Well, Christmas is over and I can get back to working in the basement and training for races.  Frankly, the only reason I was working on the basement again was so Susan couldn't hold it against me when the race season started up again.

Max, Susan and I Participating in Christmas
The fix is in!  To help combat my lack of motivation I registered for three late winter events.  I've gotta go, they've got my money!  That's what my buddy Jim says when he heads out the door at 6am for a race on a cold and rainy Saturday morning.  I would have registered for a fourth event but the Charles Harris 10K on-line registration form isn't up yet.  The three events I have registered for are the Snickers Marathon in Albany on March 3rd, the Gate River Run 15K in Jacksonville, Florida on March 10th, and the Tour de Pike century ride in Concord on March 17th.  I must say that the $80 registration fee for the Snickers Marathon seems a bit high.  I plan to write a race report following each event so you'll know if I think the race was worth it or not.  The fee for the GRR was $30 if I pick up my own race packet, or $35 if I had it mailed to me.  The fee for the Tour de Pike was $25.

I've also decided to register for the Ironman Miami 70.3 on October 28th, 2012.  That's at least one half-ironman scheduled for the year.  I want to do a second 70.3 race in 2012 but haven't decided which one yet.

So, I guess it's time to put down the pecan pie and pickup the Pegasus 28's.

Thanks for reading.