They say when you buy a house that you can expect to sacrifice up to five years of your time and money for renovation. And that is what happened to me. Just about all my spare time was for getting the house to the point of our liking, while my training and racing was put on hold.
After all the major projects were completed I was able to slowly build back to a workout routine.
To help stay in shape during 'renovation time' I began to swim and ride my bike a couple times a week. Little did I know that having fun swimming and riding would lead to my first triathlon in the summer of 2004. I remember telling myself to just go and have fun while trying to compete in my first triathlon and ever since I have been enjoying meeting fellow triathletes, training, and racing for triathlons. What I found, especially this year, was that I am stronger, weigh less and run faster than I have in many years. I am thankful for having the opportunities to train and race and will continue for as long as I can. If things change, which will, I'm sure, then I will deal with what needs to be done.
I am looking forward to 2007 with running in the Boston marathon and possibly racing my first Half Ironman triathlon in August.
Best wishes for a healthy and happy new year to all my friends here!