This was the week.
This was the week I was supposed to be filling my Instagram feed with updates as we fly to Hawaii and prepare to race the IRONMAN World Championships (IMWC).
I’ve been so incredibly busy training, preparing, and still working full-time that I haven’t found the time to write an update. And so much drama has ensued since I wrote that I qualified for Kona.
First, it was announced that due to consistently increasing COVID cases on the islands and hospitals reaching capacity, the IMWC would be moved to February. So we scrambled to make new hotel reservations and get re-established.
Though I understood the circumstances and value the people of Hawaii and their health first and foremost, it was frustrating because I would have to train straight through the holidays. I had been looking forward to celebrating the accomplishment and relaxing for the rest of the year.
If there was an upside, it was just a little MORE time to train and get incrementally more prepared.
So great. The table is reset.
And then, a few weeks later, it was announced that the IMWC would be rescheduled AGAIN to NEXT year, October 2022.
Op-Ed Tangent: IM World Championships IS Kona
I want to swim in the Kona water I’ve heard so much about, I want to ride through the lava fields of Havi, and struggle of the Palani Hill on the run.
All due respect to St. George. The modern IMWC are intertwined with Kona.
Similar to what Bob Babbitt wrote for Triathlete magazine, the IMWC not being in Kona is like driving an hour+ outside of San Francisco to go see the San Francisco 49ers play .. what is that ?????
For those of you who are interested in the details, you know we were offered the opportunity to race in St. George, Utah in May or Kona in Oct. Both are considered the IMWC. But I want the Kona experience.
This one frustrated me a little bit more. (READ: A LOT more)
I was really looking forward to meeting this goal that is a capstone to my recovery/comeback/statement after being paralyzed with a spinal cord injury.
I was looking forward to moving on and reclaiming the time, focus, and sacrifice I’ve put in for 6 years and reinvesting that energy back into my business, home, and relationship.
But, as I’ve learned before and been reminded with this spinal cord injury, life doesn’t always go to plan and sometimes you are powerless to change those facts.
And while having feelings and being frustrated is perfectly okay, you either dust yourself off and adapt; or waste a lot of energy resisting circumstances.
People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don’t believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and if they can’t find them, make them.– George Bernard Shaw, Mrs. Warren’s Profession, Act II, 1893
We were able to cancel our AirBnb .. and we’re unable to re-book accommodations because the calendar isn’t available with the 2022 dates being MORE than a year away now.
I have to commit for another year of training at an incredibly high bar.
But there’s a little niggle that wants that goal I stated earlier this year to finish a full distance IRONMAN this year.
So I went back to IRONMAN and asked if I could cancel my postponement of IRONMAN California in Sacramento (I has postponed after getting in IMWC).
They were able to make it work.
And so now, I’m racing on Sunday, October 24th.
I’m stoked because it’s the only IRONMAN in California and the inaugural race in Sacramento. I know many of my Bay Area triathlete friends will be there.
The table is again reset.
My training is again re-calibrated. 2021 racing IRONMAN plan, version 4.
Here we go.
Last note, THANK YOU
THANK YOU to everyone who supported me financially in the crowdfunding campaign towards Kona. That ‘warchest’ is now set aside for next year’s Kona race, sans some gear and needs for Sacramento. Your support keeps me motivated to make it happen for you and something exponentially larger than just me.