Some thoughts about the change in our Ironman plans (random and in no order, but a few people have asked, so I thought I'd share)... The hurricane last week is a tragedy I can't begin to imagine and I already know how lucky we are to be worried about something as small as a race, no one needs to point that out. I've struggled enough with my own guilt and feelings about all of this. This post isn't about a hurricane, it's about a race I have been training for for the past 6 months. I can finally see them as 2 separate things. I am amazed that IM has been able to move a race of this magnitude in one week with a 2.5 week lead up to race day. It is an unprecedented move and a generous one. Knowing what goes into making a race the size of the Kennett Run happen, JJ and I know that mountains had to be moved to make this race take place. Relocating a race, 370 miles from the original site adds so many complicating factors - travel, airbnb cancellation (and fighting for refunds), climate, terrain, and on and on. Partly, this is what Ironman is about - "Anything is possible." JJ and I have decided to go to Haines City and to race. Will it be the race we trained for? Nope. We trained for a flat race, an ocean swim, a cooler climate. We get a tight swim in a muddy lake, a bike with lots of rolling hills and a, possibly, 6 loop run with some steep hills (that we will have to run 6 times each!) and a hot (it's still 90 degrees!) humid climate. Oh, and alligators in the lake!!! At this time, there is no course to study, we're hopeful they will have it out in the next few days. I am terrified and, this morning, excited. One of the coolest things - those of us that toe the line on November 4 will be the only athletes to ever do IMFL, Haines City. Our gear will say Panama City, and I think that's an honor. Last thing - no one saw this coming. After the hurricane, there seemed no reason to continue to train, no way the race could go on. Taking a week off at the end of a training cycle is not optimal. Going hard two weeks before (as we will now have to do) is even less optimal, but - we chose this sport and we love it.