It is a bit devastating to write, but it is time to get this out and posted.
Emily and I have dropped from Ironman Chattanooga. (I’ll let that sink in.)
Ok, got it? Good. This weekend we were supposed to be in Tennessee and by this point tomorrow we would have been checked in and surveying the course. We would have been gathering up some nerves and walking through Ironman Village wondering what we would get after the race to commemorate a great achievement.
Josh, our coach, had us ready to finish this race and things were going swell. I dealt with some injuries, but it wasn’t anything I wouldn’t overcome on race day. As it stands, those long hours spent training were for another day, just not this Sunday.
Three weeks from the big race, Emily was offered a new job, which she couldn’t pass up. We had to immediately drop almost everything in our life and get to moving. We had already sold the house, as we were planning on moving a little further south of where we were, so we were halfway there. We did, however, have to gear up for a 2,000 mile move versus the 50 mile move we were planning on at the time of sale. This meant arranging for a moving company to come in, separating the “I need this” and the “I can deal for 45 days without this” stuff in the house. The former was packed in a car and the latter was packed and taken by movers.
All this to say that we are currently living in temporary housing in Washington and we are not competing this weekend as planned (for almost a year). It is really difficult to write, let alone say, especially when we told our coach that we weren’t going to Chattanooga. Josh put in a lot of work this year for Emily and I and we are grateful for his help. He will continue to be our coach as we gear up for the 2017 season, hopefully finding some local events and looking for the next big thing.
We wish the best of luck to all those who put in the work and are getting ready to race this weekend at Chattanooga. For many it will be their first and it is admirable to get out there. For others, this race is another in a long line of others, none-the-less an impressive feat. We are humbled to be part of this sport and get to race with so many incredible athletes. We also want to wish good luck to all the people we know or have some connection with that are racing in Augusta this weekend, especially Josh who led us both to our first 70.3 finishes and continues to be a huge support in our racing pursuits.