I’ve only done one triathlon so far, a sprint-distance tri back in August (see here). Despite my lack of tri experience, this morning I received the following email:
I’ll be honest, I don’t really know much about this event. Even though you need to qualify for the USA Triathlon Olympic Distance Championships, I assume that it’s not the Boston marathon of running. Seems like the only qualifying event in the tri world that I routinely hear about is Kona (which, in case you live under a tri rock, is this weekend).
I’m flattered by the invite from USAT for me to hand them $160 (plus travel expenses), but I won’t be signing up for the event, and it’s not just because the thought of a 1500m open-water swim nearly sends me into a panic attack. There are just too many uncertainties in my life right now for me to commit to an event that is 10 months away. I’ll likely be a dad by then (sh*t, I think the thought of that is more panic inducing that the thought of a 1500m OWS), and I just don’t know what life will be like with a couple of (possibly) teenagers running around the house.
Maybe one of our future kids wants to be a successful triathlete, and then we could do the event together sometime down the road. A parent can dream, right?