Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Dear Friends,

*By the time you read this note, I'll be gone.* Does anyone remember the 80's sitcom, Dear John? No not the one based on the Nicholas Sparks book with the hot guy. The one with this guy . . .

This is where I apologize to all of my friends in advance for my absence in the coming months.

Dear Friends,

You have always been like family to me, and I appreciate your encouragement and support. In order to fulfill my goals for this year, I will no longer have a lot of time to spend time with the people I love, and doing things that I love to do like: drinking wine, going out to eat (especially brunch), hiking, going on day or weekend trips, attending BBQs. . . For the next 5 months, I will have a training schedule, and less time to partake in these fabulous activities. It would be very difficult to eat a 1,300 calorie breakfast, bike for two hours, then run. Yes, sometimes swimming, biking and running will take up the majority of my day.

If I could stop working, and just work out all day while you all are working, I would. Unfortunately, I need my job to pay for bike repairs, running shoes, transportation and lodging; all of these are kind of expensive. Unfortunately this hobby does not pay. Many of you have children, and I totally understand that little ones live on a different schedule than we adult-types. That being said, this tri/swim/half Ironman season may be referred to as "my baby."

Many of you have already complained that I am over-planned, or over-scheduled. It's about to get worse. I am planning out a daily workout schedule now that I will begin to follow rigorously in April. *I will have to take a short hiadus in May when I travel to Costa Rica - good thing there are places to run, pools and oceans to swim in.

Please do not be too sad; I will miss you too. On a positive note: I will have plenty to talk about, and will have so many happy endorphins that I should be really fun to hang out with when you do see me.

Do not be angry with me for being noncommittal, or maybe even a flake. I will want to hang out and go on a hike on a Sunday, but it's possible that I'll need to go on a 60 mile bike ride instead. It is possible I will want to fit in something else, and it just won't happen.

Please do not say, "Hey, do you want to do the (fill in event name here). Seriously, I can't do any more events until after July 28th. If I take on anymore, I will over-train, or I might even fracture or break something. I can not risk hurting myself. (P.S. Noelle, I'm in for the Warrior Dash in October.)

This is my goal, and I promise to embrace your similar healthy passions. I will understand if you can't make it to dinner with less than a 2-week notice, or if you are too tired to get together for some fro yo.

It's only 5 months. Then I will go back to being "normal" again - promise. That being said, if anyone is planning to get married or have a super special not-to-be-missed life event in the next few months, could you let me know? I want to make sure I'm there, even if it means swimming at 6am.

I love you all, and miss you already.

Your friend,



  1. As long as you don't stop blogging, my dear.

    1. Blogging is part of the training plan. Writing about your activities keeps you honest.