My Do-Over: Dropping out of one triathlon, and then signing up for another

Dropping out

  • I was supposed to participate in my first triathlon (1 mile open water swim, 25 mile bike, 6 mile run) on May 21 (2017). That’s 4 weeks from now.
  • After ruminating on it all weekend, I made a decision. I am not going to participate is the event.


  • My training was going well. I was on track to safely complete the triathlon – even if narrowly.
  • 2 weeks ago, my left knee started hurting. I had to stop training.
  • I still can’t run without pain. I don’t know how long it will take for a full recovery. (I can now swim and bike.)
  • If I assume that I could start running this week, I don’t know that I would be ready for the triathlon on May 21.
  • Given the unknowns (impact of missing two weeks of training, my knee is still not better), I’ve lost confidence. And I don’t want to risk a shit show. Given how hard I’ve worked, that would be awful.
  • Totally unrelated, I’ve been putting off a work trip to Tokyo. The next opportunity (to see what I need to see and meet with the people that I need to meet with) is the week of May 21. The business days that week are May 22 to May 26. To be there by May 22 (ready to work), I need to leave on May 20.

Don’t call it a comeback

  • I signed up for another triathlon. It’s July 9.
  • This event is roughly the same distance (1 mile open water swim, 25 mile bike, 6 mile run).
  • Signing up for this event immediately resolved my guilt and anxiety. 

Being positive

  • While I’m upset that I’ve had to change plans, I’m accepting. And looking to the positive.
  • The new triathlon is close to my house (the other was a 2 hour drive). I won’t need to go the day before and stay in a hotel. That will make it much easier for my family to join me at the finish line.
  • I’ll have more time to practice swimming. With the extra time, I am changing my mindset. Rather than just survive the swim, I’ll swim well.
  • I won’t need a wetsuit.
  • My entire bike training (until a few weeks ago) was on a stationary bike. I now have plenty of time (with good weather) to ride outside.
  • I can let my knee heel.
  • I adjusted my triathlon training. I’ll publish more on that later this week.


  1. It sounds like this triathlon is meant to be 🙂

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