I went to bed last night a bit sad, as IRONMAN was forced to postpone is 140.6 mile event in Santa Rosa in late July. Let’s be honest here: it was the right call. The public’s health and safety are a heck of a lot more important than a race. In addition, the odds are that a large percentage of the athletes (me included) haven’t been able to properly prepare for the full Ironman distance, as pools and access to the ocean and most lakes have been closed for the past 5-6 weeks. I’m sure that IRONMAN will re-schedule the race, possibly for later in the year; this action was the right move with the right priorities.
Over the past few weeks, I’ve spoken to numerous friends that have lost loved ones to COVID-19. This is a time where we all need to do the right thing, and prioritize overall health – of both ourselves and our community. The training won’t go to waste – anyone signed up and working hard to prepare for this race will, I’m sure, get a chance at 140.6 in the land of Cabernet and Pinot Noir. For now – all I can recommend is to continue to train, prepare, stay motivated and STAY HEALTHY.