No, I didn't die. And I haven't given up on triathlon, blogging, training, or anything else. What I DID do is completely gut and rebuild a bathroom. And to think I thought my co-workers were crazy when they said it would take six to eight weeks. Eight weeks later, I'm nearly done.
Eight weeks spent living in the bathroom made training tough. In fact, it made training, blogging, updating Facebook or Twitter, and just about everything else tough. Well, everything but learning how to solder copper pipes, install tubs, and work with textured paint. THOSE I have down pat.
Unfortunately, the work took a toll on my schedule. Both the Fox Cities Double Marathon and the Fall 50 fell. I'm now planning on rebuilding and ramping my mileage back up. My early goals are to get back to 20 mile weekend runs by January, then drop the mileage down and start training for the Green Bay Marathon in May. There will be no 50-miler, next year. The base goal will be a sub 3:40 marathon. The perfect day goal will be sub 3:30. The "not gonna happen, Superman goal" is to qualify for Boston.
I'll also be getting back into the pool and throwing the bike on the trainer in the basement. And updating my blog for those who have asked to be linked. And catching up with people who have been far busier than I.
In other news, an old friend (from way back in the Running Pol days) is going to tackle another race. I'll dig up her new site and add that link. She's in a far different place than she was five years ago. Aren't we all?
Just who is this Iron Pol?
A former out of shape sailor, who became a marathoner, then a triathlete, Ironman, and ultramarathoner. Now, life has pushed me into short track speed skating. More important than the titles is the lifestyle, and sharing it with others.