Monday, July 2, 2012

taking a break

I'm burnt out.

This summer has been hot / busy / lazy -- I have not been running, only been on the bike a handful of times.  Ingrid and I started out doing a weekly thing but that faded away almost as quickly as it began.  I'm just not feeling into racing these days and wonder if what I really need is to just take a break.  Rev3 Cedar Point is coming up and I am not sure I have any desire to train and race this event.  I just don't want to.  
*THIS* is how I'd like to spend my summer!!
For so long, I have been running, biking and swimming as my basic workouts outside of the soccer field (which really, let's face it... that's running also).  I'd like to be able to try kickboxing or zumba or something fun and different.  What happens now is that I come home, realize I have a 70.3 race coming up and need to get in a long workout, yet if I only have the energy for 2 miles, is it worth it?  Probably not.... and so I sit on the couch.  Not productive.  The pressure is mounting as the summer creeps along and I just don't see myself getting in shape in time.  Nor do I seem to care.

I was signed up for the General Smallwood relay this past weekend for what would have been my first event with Team Z, yet ended up bailing out at the last minute (my teammates were able to find a replacement).  I was also signed up for a swim across the Potomac with Wave One swimming which I intentionally slept through.  My excuse was the heat, but really I think I just lost interest.


I have made the executive decision to take a break from triathlons.  It feels like a weight has been lifted.  

I sent an email to Team Z ending my membership with the triathlon team.  It just wasn't worth the money, $70-80 per month and I wasn't going to any of the workouts.  The burden of training is gone.

I'm still in for the swim at Cedar Point and have inquired with the race directors about switching my registration to a relay, but honestly I don't feel like searching for teammates.  I'd rather just suck up the lost cost of the registration fee, do the swim and be done with it.  

I also have Slam the Dam in the fall, my first attempt at 2.4 miles, and I'm really looking forward to that.  I think this might be my summer of swimming!