Monday, December 06, 2010

Who Am I?

Really?  I should know better than to answer my cell phone when an unrecognized number calls late on a Friday afternoon.  It was the assignor for the Nike Cup, a huge end of year soccer tournament held here in Atlanta.  The first year I took up reffing, I did the Nike Cup.  The entire weekend was in the twenty to thirty degree range, and the winds were gusting upwards of thirty miles per hour.  I vowed, never again.

Yet, I said yes.  The assignor and her husband are pillars in the Georgia soccer community.  That doesn’t hurt :-)  Four games on the first day.  Three on the second.  There was a little bit of concern there.  Had I recovered enough?  Would my legs hold up?  Despite tweaking my right heel, yet again, nothing was sore that was not normal for these kinds of things.  Funny that.  My right heel never bothered me once during the Ironman.  The first time I ref after that, TWEAK!  LOL…

I am still trying to come to grips with 2011.  What races I choose are entirely dependent on what Dee Dee wants to do.  It is her year after all.  The distance is the big question.  Do I or do I not want to do a half Ironman?!  There is a huge part of me that wants to revisit the stand alone half marathon (which I will in March) and full marathon.  The other part of me sez that I am a triathlete who goes long.  I NEED to do a half Ironman.

Mulling things over in my mind.  No rush.  No quick decisions.  There’s plenty of time to pick up a half Ironman in 2011 if that is what I want to do.  I can still be a triathlete and focus on short course success.  There’s absolutely nothing wrong with making my final “A” race of the season an international distance race.

To facilitate this, I continue to add books to my library.  My latest acquisitions:  The Time Crunched Triathlete, Your Best Triathlon, Racing Weight, and Run:  the mind body method of running by feel.  Except for the first, these were all birthday presents.  I have to admit.  I have just about exhausted the depths of triathlon knowledge that I need.  I just don’t need any more books with plans in them.  I am of the mind, teach me to fish, don’t give me fish!  You heard it here first.  These are the last endurance related sports books I plan to buy.

So, that’s the loose plan at the moment…  A spring half marathon, a fall full marathon, and a bunch of short course triathlons in between.

10 comments:

Gotta Run..Gotta Ride said...

Scott will shoot me if I add ONE MORE book to my already growing stack :). I just cannot hep it sometimes.

Molly said...

Yep, a non Iron year is a time to have fun with it and play with your speed over distances you wouldn't do otherwise! I had a blast doing all that short stuff this year - MAN, it hurts way more than going long but it's over with sooner :-) Looking forward to seeing what you decide upon!

Joe said...

A sound plan, Wes. My guess is you'll have a lot of fun PLUS enjoy being supportive to DeeDee.

Besides saving money on books :-)

Glad your tournament went well.

Lisa said...

It's your life and you get to decide what your goals are. Don't do something because you think you are supposed to. Do it because you want to. Sounds like you got it all right!!

Colleen said...

You have plenty of time to add things if you want... but of course, only if you want! I think it's awesome that your race schedule will revolve around Dee Dee too... good man!

Stuart said...

My wife will kill me if I buy any more too!

Maybe time to get a Kindle?

Racing Weight is good I think, I read it and was more confused at the end than when I started but it took me so long and I think that's the reason why?

I have started the Run book but it's on hold for now!

it's all about pace said...

"Born to Run" is the only endurance related book I've read this year.... I like being my experiment of one... sounds like you have an interesing year ahead...

Jess said...

I think that sounds like a pretty solid plan! although it's weird from me to not here you have some big triathlon on your schedule.

Darrell said...

Ah, the choices. Choosing and planning is half the fun.

Michelle said...

As always, a very sensible-sounding plan : )