Next Saturday I will do something that I haven't done in 8 years: stay home. This is Eagleman weekend and the boys and I will not be heading south to Maryland to compete. I feel a sort of sadness but, let's face it, it's a tough race. And I deliberately took this year off in terms of entering the long races: no Ironman and no half-Ironman. I have no sprint races scheduled either but we'll see. The only problem is that I haven't been in the pool since last July. And I don't see my self going there any time soon.
Eagleman is a great race and I have certainly stated this before. But the conditions can be very challenging. It's usually hot, windy and the current in the river can be rough. One year there were 3 foot wakes. No joke. You have to come into this race well trained. Otherwise it will be a very long and depressing day. This race rarely gives you any breaks and will punish those who treat it lightly.
Yeah, I'll be sad next Saturday but hey, I'll be relieved as well.