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.