There are plenty of things that'll get in the way of maintaining a normal training schedule. I was a fool to think that I could accomplish my ever-growing list of tasks and conquer a spring marathon simultaneously. I've surprised myself by being able to maintain a reasonable weight while not paying attention to my caloric intake. I was also pretty surprised by how my fitness has held up during time away. But there's just no way that I can sacrifice the time to properly train for a race and still get important things done. I'm a creature of habit and not very good at handling a lot of different things going on at once. I'm not sure how you Type A Folks do it.
In the past month my wife and I have settled on our first home, primed and painted the ceilings, trim and entire first floor, ripped up the carpet throughout to reveal nice hardwood floors, pulled out all of the tack strip and staples it left behind, put down quarter round to cover the gaps, swapped out three ceiling fans (well, swapped out two and broke one), put in new registers and air return covers, changed out the toilet in the main bathroom - then we had to move all of our personal belongings into the new space, find homes for things and reinterpret our daily routine - all the while diligently trying to get a 5 mile race off without a hitch, putting race day packets together, renting portable toilets and then heaters after the forecast turned glum, coordinating and meeting with volunteers on possible scenarios, canceling the original date, working with our contacts at the city and rescheduling for another (hopefully warmer) morning - then, at home, our nice new basement decided to flood thanks to the line of storms that rolled through last week. Not to mention, I'm holding down a day job too. Being President of BRRC doesn't let me live my life of luxury.
In the past month I have shamefully neglected my duties as president. I did not make the time to get together a newsletter for February. Therefore, I was not able to explain to our membership how the RRCA Club Challenge works. I saw a lot of discussion on social media about members being frustrated that they could no longer register. I did not think of any of our new members and took for granted that I've been around and know how these things work and thus thought that everyone else does too.
I know that many of us look forward to the GPS series and that a lot of members feel as if they are behind in the standings due to not being able to compete at Club Challenge. Another problem we are facing is rescheduling the GPS 8 Miler. Already being a race down with the 8 Miler, it is going to be my suggestion to our board that we lower the number of races needed to qualify from four to three for the series if we are unable to reschedule. It's my opinion that this would even the playing field for some healthy competition moving forward.
My distractions seem to be lessening for the time being, so I hope that my head is back on straight here soon. Though, if history is any indication, it's never been quite right to begin with. Regardless, I hope to serve the club to my fullest and get myself back to any semblance of running.
See you on the roads soon.