The good news is the foot is getting better. I am just not sure if it is going to be good enough, soon enough.
Some folks may think ‘just do the next HIM=Half Ironman’ and though that is a possibility, not all races are created equal. Each race has its own personality and atmosphere. I fell in love with Iron Star last November when I was there cheering friends on. The atmosphere is very friendly and feels more like a neighborhood relay than an Ironman distance race. It is a smaller race with a lot of familiar faces.
If Iron Star does not happen the next HIM in my area is Lonestar in Galveston. This race is an Ironman branded race which means it is all about the M-dot. Some athletes prefer M-dot races for a lot of reasons. The race is MUCH larger, it carries the M-dot corporate logo whereas Iron Star is Half Ironman distance, Lonestar is an actual Half Ironman. Ironman is the corporate sponsor, not the actual distance though both races are 70.3 miles.
Ken and I volunteered at Lonestar last year and had several friends racing and it was exciting. However, it didn’t have the same feel as Iron Star. It was HUGE, VERY corporate, lots of pomp and circumstance, professional athletes and thousands of spectators. The run is 4 loops so you have to pass the finish line 3 times before you actually finish which sounds like torture to me.
The two races are very different and I am more the laid back racer without all the crowds and corporate hoopla. The decision I have to make is what is most important to me, the actual HIM distance or the course.
I am not ready to give up on my first love just yet. The hardest part of the last week has been not knowing what the next couple of weeks will hold. This past Sunday Ken and our coach both raced in the Houston Olympic Triathlon I obviously missed. After the race we went to lunch and my coach asked me when my cut off was. He wanted to know when I felt I needed to start training again in order to make Iron Star happen. I admitted I hadn’t thought about that just yet, he told me he had a date in mind and it is close, very close.
I just looked at the calendar and Iron Star is 37 days away. Right now is when I would be doing my longest runs and longest bike rides. The 2-3 weeks before a race is taper, when you scale back your training so your body can recover and be fresh for the race. Training up to the race date is not an option. I would love for Iron Star to be in the cards but if it isn’t I will continue to train and make a plan for the 2011 season.