I started this blog 400+ days ago when I was travelling to Hawaii to see the Ironman World Championships in 2012. I have blogged daily since then in my quest to become an Ironman. I fully expected to realize this dream on November 17, 2013 by completing Ironman Arizona. Alas, that will not be the case. I have officially decided to drop out. After studying my x-ray in detail, the radiologist has concluded that I have possible early stage pneumonia plus inflammation of the pleura. I have been advised by doctors to rest, take antibiotics, take pain killers and definitely drop out of Ironman Arizona.
Today, I went to my primary care physician’s office and couldn’t stand the thought of taking the stairs up three floors. I took the elevator up. Imagine that! I am cooked. I am done. Usually, I look forward to blogging. Today, I don’t. I feel drained emotionally. Physically, I am already weak. But…there will be other races.
My Ironman pursuit will continue on in 2014. There will be new races to pick from; new places to visit. As painful as it will be for the next few days, I will continue to blog daily. I will definitely go to the race this Sunday to cheer on all my friends.
Today Christine Fletcher arrived from Canada. She is lovely. She and I went for a quick bite to Pita Jungle this evening. Binita was out with her office. We talked about the life of a pro triathlete. She is also a coach. It was an easy conversation. Late tonight (early tomorrow), Andrew Russell arrives. I look forward to his arrival!