Ironman 70.3 Ecuador was actually my second race of 2021, but I didn't write about Challenge Cancun 70.3 in May because of what happened this spring. Although the race in Cancun went surprisingly well, my life was in such a dark place, I worried that the doom would spill into my writing so I just avoided it altogether.
I imagine I'm not the only one who left 2020 thinking wearily, "Well, it can't get much worse, can it?"
But of course, yes, it always can.
2020 was supposed to be my final year racing as a pro, and given that it was my Grand Finale, I had planned to hit four international races, maybe five if things went well. It had been eight years since I had traveled out of the country and I was getting the itch to explore the world while I still had the chance to leverage my pro status to cover some of the cost of travel.
To say that I was disappointed to see 2020 cancelled would be a massive understatement, but I do love being at home, so during the long months of lockdown, I became a homebody extraordinaire, fixing up our modest living space, painting the exterior of the property (which took me 3 months to complete!) and developing a new obsession with gardening.
In April of 2021, I was ecstatic to schedule my Covid vaccination and to begin making plans to race Cancun 70.3. It felt like life was finally coming back!