It Seemed Like a Good Idea at The Time

I have decided not to race Ironman Canada. I have a neuroma in my right foot and it hurts when I ride more than 50 miles. 112 = (50 x 2) + 12 and then there’s that marathon thing and well… no.

Insert throbbing, redness and pain

I thought about all of the things I could do to get to the start line. Pads, inserts, cortisone, sucking it up – whatever. And then I thought, “why?”. I had some help from my friend Kat who told me I really should think about my health first of all and I had to agree. And then a certain someone suggested that I might need to take a trip to a wedding right around that time and so I thought YES! And I withdrew.

What to do with all that time? Gardening, shoveling out my house which is way too full of ‘stuff’, writing, reading, visiting people, interior painting, napping…. there’s a long list. Oh – and playing just to play, not to compete.


Sounds pretty good to me!


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2 Responses to It Seemed Like a Good Idea at The Time

  1. Tama says:

    That sounds like an EXCELLENT call to me. With bonus points if the neuroma is the sort of thing where it will ONLY heal up IF AND ONLY IF you stay off it / wear funky doohickeys in your shoes that make you feel like you’re halfway to falling over all the time / take NSAIDs on a Very Strict Schedule Whether You Think You Need Them Or Not Right Then. (<= this is why such things will NEVER, EVER HEAL for me…first I stop taking the NSAID, then I start going, "Pfffft, stupid inserts don't work anyway, I'm not wearing them anymore, they're STUPID!" and then I start saying "I don't it does any REAL harm to walk on it, and anyway, I'll just rest up even harder TOMORROW." And then I'm all, "Wah-wah-wah, how come this dumb thing refuses to heal?!?!")

  2. Petra says:

    Just found your blog after your lovely comment the other day – thank you! Love this blog, particularly the 25 things you don’t really need to know – I like that i know them now. And snap to many of them.

    Shame re neuroma above but totally get it and it sounds like a good call to pull out. There’s always another race right?

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