I have made one of the toughest decisions I have had to make. I have decided that I will race a half, instead of a full, Iron distance triathlon at the Expedition Man Endurance Festival this year.
This decision was incredibly difficult, because when I did my race schedule this year, I planned on doing the full. I also had a full Marathon planned this year, and I was not able to compete in that either.
The main reason for all the changes on the fly to my program is because of work. This year, I had to go back into the work force. Last year, I was self employed and worked out of my living room. That gave me great flexibility in my schedule, and I had no problem fitting in all my training sessions. Now that I have a commute, and I work 40+ hours per week, I have really struggle to have any consistency in my training.
As tough a decision as this was to make, I know that it is the right decision. I would rather be competitive at the 1/2 distance, than struggle through a full.
I am still doing an Olympic distance on June 30th, and then I will round out the year with my half Ironman in August.
Have you had to make changes to your race schedule? How did you feel about it?