40 Things

27 – Listen To Your Body

Today was the day.

Right now I should be getting my are ready at Guelph Lake, preparing to race in the Duathlon. It should be my fifth one, and I was supposed to beat my personal best time that I set in 2013 of 2:24:43 – which was my first Duathlon ever and on a mountain bike.

Today was the day I was going to prove to myself I was stronger than I had ever been before and destroy that record.

But today is not the day. Not this year. Not this time.

Today my body is not ready to run a really long 7km run. I did not train enough this summer to be able to do that. I should have trained more. A lot more.

Instead I put my focus into cycling (which I have always loved more than running) and worked with Owen to make sure he reached his summer goal. Helping him reach his goal was far more important this summer.

I know I could complete it, but not the way I want to. While I can feel disappointment right now, I know that listening to my body and not putting it through the beating it would surely take today, is the right choice for me.

On the optimistic side, next year will be my year. I now have a full year to train and get ready for the race that always seems to get the best of me. Next year will be the year I am stronger, faster and better prepared than ever before.

No excuses.

I am counting down the days until my 40th birthday with 40 Things.

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