Well probably not too much of a surprise but I have decided to drop down to the sprint Tri this weekend at Black Bear. With the mountains of the bike over my head it was my open water swim on Thursday night that sealed my fate. Apparently swimming in a pool with fins doesn't equal open water with a wet suit. I had a lot of difficulties with the 1/5 mile loop. I think I would be able to finish the 1.2 mile swim but I think it would take way too much energy and more importantly too much time. I would need all the time I could get for the bike and run and when I did the math I just didn't see it happening.
So I am happy with the decision and will move on. I will have to now do 750 yard swim, 18 mile bike, and 3.5 mile run. And realistically I need to get some more sprint and Olympic distance races under my belt before I attempt a 1/2 iron. It is a minor let down but I have (knock on wood) plenty of time to reach that distance and hopefully further someday.
Mike over here had a great post about reflection and looking forward that I can so relate to. I have been doing a lot myself and will have some more details after this sprint. Mostly it will revolve around my need to get back to weight loss mode. I need to shed about 30 pounds still to one reach an optimal health and two help me with my training for future racing. I am never going to be fast but I just want to be a M.O.P. athlete and I am not getting there with my current eating habits, and lack of a strict workout schedule.
I do have to tell you one of the worse things about dropping down is the feeling that I am letting down others that had so much faith in me. Trust me I do appreciate all your support and will redeem myself in the future.