Thursday, December 20, 2012

Afterthoughts IMFL

Unfortunately that 11 hr barrier still stands after IMFL. I go back and ask myself... What could I have done differently? What if I didn't get sick around the taper..... What if I went harder on the bike... What if.....

 I left it all out there on the course on that race day. And I can't complain too much about a whopping 30 minute PR and huge marathon PR.

Will I do another? Do I want to do another? Will my family put up with me doing one more? Knowing my strengths as an athlete, I truly don't think I'm a long course racer. I've given this crazy distance 3 solid tries. And I'm happy to say I'm DONE!

A few weeks out I thought about maybe signing up for IMTX again. After some careful consideration and after experiencing "normal" life without training 20+ hrs a week, I've decided that is a big fat he$$ no!

I'm not going to lie and tell you that I'm enjoying my training-plan-less off season. But I will say it feels good to re-prioritize things and to shift focus on the more important things in life. And for now 2013 and beyond= 70.3 distance and below! YAY!


  1. I have always believed that everyone has their "distance", the one that they love to do. I love the Olympic distance, 140.6 is a bucketlist distance race for me, I am not in love with that distance, but I want to do it to prove to myself I can

  2. I kinda feel this way about the marathon. I've done 4 stand alone marathons and have no real desire to do another. The half is where I think I could make some significant progress. I certainly have no desire to do an ultra or trail run at all =).

    I do think you have to find your distance. Something that's challenging but makes you happy instead of miserable =).

    Hope to see you at a race next year =)

  3. haha, good that you can come to terms with it. That is usually the most important part. I find taking a year off makes me crave ironman training again. Bring it! and have fun out there this offseason, how bout it?

  4. Yay for figuring out what works for you!

    I totally hear you about not wanting to put myself through the 20+ hour training weeks and everything else that goes with 140.6 in 2013. My wallet will be happy too ;)

  5. I'm with you - I have done the IM distance two years in a row now and am loving the idea of a little bit less on the training schedule! Hope you have a great 2013 :)