It has been a tough decision but I have decided to not do Ironman Coeur d’Alene next year due to a family conflict, and the fact that my support team wouldn’t be in full effect. As much as I try to send out emails to my family a year in advance, as we all know we have to sign up for these races a year in advance, there ended up being a scheduling conflict for CdA. It’s my grandma’s 88th birthday, and my dad accidentally planned a week of play time at Lake Chautauqua in New York to celebrate. Her birthday is June 25th, and IMCdA is June 29th. I could still race, but I really don’t want to miss out on spending time with my family, especially when it involves me not racing and them cheering.
I recently was riding with friends over the weekend, and I was telling them about this decision. They were simply amazed at how much my family supports me. I realize not everyone is as fortunate as I am, when it comes to their family being able to come support every race. I truly am grateful that my family is so supportive, but also, that I am close to my mom, dad, sister, and brother. They all feel like best friends (although, that wasn’t always the case ;)) My dad suggested skipping CdA, and coming to Lake Chautauqua, and then doing Ironman Canada in Whistler. It actually was an easy decision because I LOVED being up in Whistler this year, and although I only got to see some of the course, because I was really there for a wedding, it was a simple answer, YES. Whistler is one of the most beautiful places I have ever been. Also, I’m fortunate to have family friends who live up there. My family can make it too!
There is a small part of me that feels guilty about leaving my CdA spot, but I couldn’t be more excited to be doing a race where my whole family can attend, plus friends, and in a beautiful setting, AND I get to go to Lake Chautauqua and celebrate my grandma’s 88th birthday!
Family means everything to me, and I hop at the chance to spend more time with them. So…here’s to Ironman Canada!!!