Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Should I stay or should I go?

I went to a meeting tonight at my Tri shop. They're planning a big Ironman training camp weekend in Lake Placid this summer. Part of the group is racing Ironman Lake Placid this summer and the rest of us would be preparing/checking it out for '09. It sounds very cool. We'll ride 112 miles, run the course, and swim the course twice. I've never come close to riding 100 miles so this would really give me a huge amount of confidence. It would be a great experience and opportunity to learn from team members who have raced many Ironmans before. A whole 4 days to talk Tri without feeling like I was driving anyone nuts. So what's the big deal? Leaving the kids. I do Not do well with that. I know I would have a blast but I do not do well saying goodbye to my little guys for so long. I rarely leave them. I need to get over it. I have some days that I dream about "Mommy vacation" but when the opportunity presents itself I lose my courage. I need to do this for me. I really do. Right? Am I being selfish? I am able to justify my daily workouts without much ado. I work them into our day so they don't interfere much at all. However, this type of thing gives me pangs of worry.


IronMatron said...

I think you should go. It's not selfish to nurture yourself by doing something that brings you great joy! The boys will miss you, but it's a great opportunity for them too--to be with their grandparents (if that's who they stay with) doing special things and getting love from some other important people in their lives.
It will be a great experience!

Jamie said...

To add to Ironmatron's thoughts... I think something to also consider is that by doing these kinds of things you are setting a great example for your kids. Understandable that it's hard to be away from them, but you are also setting a precedent for a healthy, active lifestyle that I assume you'd like your children to follow in some form. IMO, I feel that is very important. Not enough active parents in this day and age to set healthy examples for their kids.

BTW, like your blog! Look forward to your future posts and following your progress.


The Lazy Triathlete said...

I agree with both Mary and Jamie. GOOO!!! Its four days and you are setting a good example for the kids. You have can't control everything in your life. Take some time for yourself.

Anonymous said...

Hello! I found your blog from ironmatron's. Your blog looks great!!!

I,too, agree with the others that you should go. You are being a great role model for your boys :)

Rachel said...

I say GO! But I'm a little biased.