I was running with my friends yesterday when my friend Janelle brought up the fact that in my earlier post this week I said I had only swum 2,500 yards last week and that it wasn’t enough if I was doing the Bay Swim. Which is totally and completely correct. Good thing, then, that I have decided to pull out of it.
You see, between my aches and pains, a trip to Arizona and Ohio that didn’t really allow for time in the pool, I am WAY behind where I should be for getting in the proper yardage. I was already debating what to do about the swim when I got this in an email from the race director:
If you haven’t done an open water swim of at least a mile in the past year, the race director requires that you have someone certify that you can swim 3 miles in a certain amount of time (I think 2 1/2 hours?). I knew that, but I didn’t realize that there was a deadline for getting that certification in. March 2 is the deadline. Getting this email last week while in Ohio, I knew it was pretty unrealistic that I could find someone to certify me that quickly. Yes, if I really, really wanted it I probably could. But my enthusiasm for training that much in the pool has been waning of late, so this was all the push I needed.
The nice thing is that they send you a refund, minus a $25 processing fee. More than fair, I think.
Am I a feeling like a bit of a quitter? Yes, admittedly so. But I also know that life is too short to spend forcing things you don’t really want. I do want to do the Bay Swim some day, without question. Right now, however, I’m enjoying the ability to run again, to train for a marathon again, too much. I don’t want the added stress of fitting in big swims at the moment. Another year, when I’m not training for a spring marathon, I’ll probably throw my name in the hat again. But not now.
Have you ever signed up for something and regretted it?