6 years of racing pro triathlon. It was a good run! I met the most fantastic people. I traveled to really cool places. I laughed hysterically. I cried probably just as much. I saw the very rawest version of myself. Racing gives you a front row view of that. Sometimes I liked what I saw. Other times, not so much. Chasing a dream and having a passion is such a gift - it will give you the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. I don't regret one second of it, even the bad decisions I made. They always eventually turned to good.
At Ironman Louisville a few weeks back, I raced my last pro triathlon. It was a fantastic end to a career I'm proud of. Most of all, I am proud that I raced with integrity.
And now, I make the transition to life. It's a transition I've already been making so it's not a huge jolt. Although I was always worried I wouldn't know how/when to finish pro triathlon, it was actually much smoother than I thought. I just knew it was time and I just knew what I wanted to do next in life.
I have just as much passion and competitiveness inside of me. Now I channel it into different things: The Run Formula, which is my baby; family and friends; new athletic goals - mountain biking (Xterra?), trying to break 3 hours in the marathon, Pemi Loop with my boss, going after a sub 20 minute 1650 in the pool. Oh and maybe watching a little tv, hanging out at my favorite place (The Villa - duh!), and sleeping in every now and then. Life on the other side ain't bad at all.
Blogging doesn't seem like a thing people do anymore. Maybe I'll do it anyway, because I'll have to share my pictures of my mountain biking bruises somewhere! Or maybe I won't. That's the thing about retirement - you do what you want, when you want to. :)
|Who doesn't love pizza and a coke after a 70.3? My last, in Augusta, Georgia in September.|
|After IM Louisville, we did Louisville things.|
|One of my all time favorite races (why, I'm not sure - it's always miserably hot), Eagleman 70.3, this year. With some of my favorite friends in the world that I've been racing with for ages. :)|
|Okay, pizza and a coke after a race is great, but burger, fries and milkshake with Kim after a race - EVEN BETTER! Chattanooga 70.3 in May.|
|Steelhead 70.3 in August. Amber and I laughed so hard my stomach hurt. :)|
|Run Formula Vermont Trail Camp! More of this fun to come!|