Well, the decision has been made.
This morning I decided that ATB 30K was not in the cards for me this year. It was a really tough call to make knowing that right now my fitness is there and I could probably race quite well tomorrow. I knew, however, that the aftermath of a 30K on the body could be an entirely different story. Who knows, I may have come out the other end unscathed and recover in time for the next race but another part of me, a little voice inside, reminded me that this was not a chance I should take this year.
My shins have always given me a few problems here and there and they were feeling a bit tender before Corktown 5K. The day after the race my left knee was feeling the effects of that uneven racing surface which was likely caused by some compensation due to the shin pain. I have been doing more cross-training lately (loving that pool!) to try to relieve it and the physiotherapy has been helping immensely. Unfortunately, there just wasn’t enough time for me to mend up 100% so erring on the side of caution I am choosing to look towards my future races which are 2-4 weeks away, depending on which one I choose to open up at.
Based on past experiences, Around the Bay has this marked ability of amplifying your weaknesses. If there is anything that you are struggling with, it all seems to come out after or during this race. The competitive side of me obviously just wants to take a few naproxen and lace up the Ronins but thankfully the logical side of me is winning over . . . today. Furthermore, I don’t want to be one of those people who isn’t happy with the outcome of a race and thus feels the need to make excuses and blame it on this or that circumstance. I want to race but I do not feel like giving less than my best and I know that Sunday would not be my best.
So time to regroup, heal up to 100%, and get out to the next one. I know I am fit and my hard work is still in the bank. Time to focus on the races ahead. Best of luck to all of you who are racing Around the Bay tomorrow -- wish I was there to witness the stadium finishes! Go get ‘em!!