With IMAZ 140.6 being cancelled, it didn't take a crystal ball to determine that Rock N Roll Arizona marathon was next. Both IRONMAN and Rock N Roll are part of the same money hungry dumpster fire. It's not like IMAZ was going to be legit anyways with a shortened bike course and no pros...jeez, another victIm of 2020 I guess. As I had just started to crank out some longer runs for RNR, I was hopeful I could kick off the new season like usual with the Arizona marathon. So, guess I'll just continue to train and keep throwing all this unspent race entry money into My Kona piggy bank.
As we enter Thanksgiving week here and most people are risking becoming a felon by having family over, don't forget to burn some calories this week and locate your stretchy pants! With the lockdowns and safety PROTOCOLS due to COVID-19, the typical holiday weight gain is going to be EXPONENTIALLY worse! This isn't a shallow slam at overweight or "lazy" people, this is a serious problem. It is an uncomfortable topic but Americans are not known for thier healthy lifestyles. Just because your Turkey Trot was cancelled doesn't mean you can't grab a few friends and run a 5k. Some fresh air and sunlight does wonderS...A body in motion stays in motion!
With IMAZ being cancelled I didn't get the opportunity to snag some more photos of the athletes and therefor also didn't have a chance to earn a few extra bucks by selling my photos. Incase you live under a rock, go check out Bulldog Photography and see some of my work. While at the LBS (MOXIE) they were getting ready for a MTB race. I kind of drug my feet looking for an excuse not to go out there as it was about a 45 minute drive. I put my big boy pants, well shorts on and ventured out to the 6 & 12 Hours of Fury race at McDowell Mountains. Below are a few shots and the full album can be found here!
Hopefully I have some racing related news to share soon, for now, pre-burn those calories for Turkey Day. Gobble Gobble!
Useless Fact: Total miles for 2020 are 3,432
I think we can all agree on one thing, we want 2020 to be over. Like is it even possible for a year to go any worse!? While it started off promising with a Marathon PR for myself at RNR Arizona, it quickly circled the drain with COVID-19. Don't take me as insensitive in regards to the pandemic and loss of life but being on lockdown and life being canceled sucks.
On the plus side, with my move to Arizona I have got in some serious training and am looking forward to testing my new fitness level with upcoming races. Yes, they are coming back! IMAZ 70.3 went off pretty smooth and should be a good kickstart for the safe return to racing. IRONMAN put together a great video about the race and IMAZ is coming up in a few weeks so we'll have yet again a chance to prove we can safely hold races. I mean you can protest and riot so why can't we race?
View my photos of IMAZ 70.3!
In regards to training, I am at 3,084 miles for 2020 and am still hopeful that Rock N Roll Arizona is a green light. As of this week, the race is still on so I have started to build some mileage on my runs. Being here in AZ sure has helped the bike miles especially when the temps have been holding in the mid 90's yet. If you know anything about me, the hotter the better! What is also great is the hills/mountain roads I can ride on versus the flat Central Lakes trail. I can only believe I am becoming a stronger athlete and again, praying for a race soon to test the fitness level.
I'll keep it short but here is a great story shared by a new connection here in AZ. It may seem self centered for non athletes or people outside of the endurance world but I can confirm this is a real issue. Not just for "athletes" but the general population. The increasing levels of depression and self-worth are something to watch!
Read: COVID-19 Takes Toll on Athlete Mental Health
Stealth is sure not complaining about the move! She even got new shoes last week so ready for a few more thousand miles...
WORK HARD. STAY HUMBLE. A LIFE FILLED WITH SWIM, BIKE & RUN. 5Ks TO MARATHONS, SPRINT TO IRONMAN 140.6