Monday, October 22, 2012

SOMA Half Ironman 2012

So I set a personal record yesterday at the SOMA Half Ironman in Tempe.

5 hours 17 minutes and 15 seconds of cardio action.

Official Results

More likely, it was like watching paint dry. Not for me because I was working - but for the spectators - they were probably like "speed up man". I was trying.

++ Swim was measured too long.

++ The wind picked up massively on the third loop on the bike course ...

++ I was hot and bloated on the run. I always eat my way through this race. Plus, the course was closer to 14 miles than 13.1.

The honest truth is that there isn't all that much to say about this race ... and what there is to say is more philosophical than race related.

I've raced in 30 or so races since February 2011. These are races of various lengths and disciplines.

It's time for a break - or at least to slow down a bit.

It's not for lack of interest in fitness. It's not for lack of motivation. It's for my wife.

She's been injured. She is on the mend. The time is now to help her get back to 100%.

But Bryonman ... what about Ironman Arizona?

1) I am boycotting WTC (Ironman branded events). They have still refused to list me as "DNF" for Ironman St. George. I did the course. I have the medal. They pulled me from the water - but yet they will not even give me the credit of toeing the line that morning.

2) Carrie and I were supposed to do IMAZ together and cross the line together. There will be other races down the line where we can achieve this goal.

3) I don't want the desire to compete to take away from the specialness of the event(s) I enter.

4) I have had TWO fantastic events in the last two weeks. This is a great time to take a break.

...and the list goes on and on.

What's next?

Well, Carrie and I are going to do some backpacking and get some mileage on her feet. Then we have the Las Vegas Half-Marathon in December. Then I have a 5K race on December 8th - my first standalone 5K since 2010. I will be on the hunt for a 5K PR in that race. It would be fantastic to come in under 20 minutes.

I will probably take a short break from the Bryonman blog over the next few weeks.

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