My hiatus from blogging since early February is very unintentional. I had a huge change of plans.
At the end of one of my last articles, I put out a call to action for my readers to commit to goals. I realized it was time for me to do the same. The next article on my story board was going to be my race plans for the 2017 season. Well, let’s just say it’s a good thing I hadn’t committed to any non-refundable races.
There will be no sprint triathlons, olympic triathlons, half-Ironman or full-Ironman races for me in 2017.
There will, however, be an Ironbaby.
I am pregnant. The reality of this is still sinking in, even as I hit the 2nd trimester of this surprise pregnancy. I’ve spent the last several weeks with mind-blowing nausea and fatigue. Luckily, the fog of first-trimester symptoms are starting to lift, and I’m slowly starting to feel human again.
I’ve been doing some freelance work, which has been a great learning experience. Some days, that’s all I could do (aside from caring for my family).
I have such mixed feelings.
Hubby decided after Youngest Son was born, that he was done having kids. I wasn’t quite there yet, and held out hope that he’d change his mind. That was, until we hit potty training. Once we hit that phase, I decided I could not potty train another human being. Ever again. So, about 3 years ago–I decided was done. I knew in my heart and my mind that I was done. Even after my miscarriage in 2015, I was done,
The only problem is that we hadn’t taken permanent measures yet.
Now that the initial shock has worn off, I’m happy about this pregnancy. Our kids are thrilled. We realize just how blessed we are to have another baby joining our family. Permanent measures will be taken, ahem, before this baby is born.
Change of plans: shift in focus for 2017.
There are women that have competed in triathlons (and yes, even Ironmans!) while pregnant. However, that is not for me. I am a klutz on the bike, and distracted drivers while I’m biking terrify me. I could never forgive myself for putting my baby in danger.
I’ve continued to run, bike (on my trainer!), and lift weights regularly. I admittedly haven’t gotten in the pool since IMLOU, as I’ve had a huge aversion to lap swimming since the the long 4000+ yard training swims. I know soon enough, I’ll be thankful for the pool and swimming will feel good as I get bigger.
This year, my focus will be to grow a human while making sure I’m the best wife and mom I can possibly be. Though there won’t be any PRs this year, I still plan to recreationally run a couple races. I’m registered for the Lincoln Half Marathon, which I may or may not actually do. If I do–I’ll do a slow run/walk for fun. If the weather is crummy, I won’t bother.
There’s always next year.
Change of plans: Sherpa for the year.
The bright side of all this, is that Hubby gets all the training time to himself this year. No balancing training for Ironman or triathlons (for me) and ultra marathons (for him). Once he finishes the Boston Marathon next week, he’ll shift focus to doing the Lincoln Half Marathon and then possibly a few ultra marathons later this year.
I’m excited to support him this season, and to support our kids’ activities. I’m looking forward to volunteering at local triathlons and encouraging everyone else around me. It’s a great time to pay it forward.
I’m already thinking about next year’s plans.
I know how physically and emotionally exhausting a new baby can be, and I know how rigorous Ironman training can be. Regardless, I’m keeping the idea of a late-season Ironman on my radar for next year. I may alter that plan, obviously, but it’s giving me a little mental boost of looking forward to next year and setting new goals.
In the meantime, I’ll share my triathlon and running tips–and highlights of continuing some training during pregnancy. I’ll live vicariously through my family and triathlon friends. So, tell me about your race plans this year–I can’t wait to cheer you on!