The Pivot


You may be wondering what happened to my weekly posts leading to the April 10th Milwaukee Half-Marathon.  Once again COVID has cancelled yet another event.  We got word on the week of my last article, that due to an abundance of caution, the race would be moved to sometime in October.  So, knowing that my plan was extremely aggressive I breathed a deep sigh of relief; but, the fire had been lit and luckily I kept training.   

Then suddenly I received an email from the Wisconsin Marathon.  I apparently had signed up last year for the half-marathon and been deferred to this year’s May 1st event.  Reading that message was like a scene from Godfather III, “Just when I thought I was out, they pulled me back in.”  So, I once again have 8 weeks to prepare for a half.  All that was left to do was sign in and claim one of the many socially distanced Corral times.  

I don’t know much about this race with distances covering a full marathon, a half-marathon and a 5k; but, fortunately they have a very informative website at: The course is setup in Kenosha along Lake Michigan which could bring some fairly windy conditions.  One important note is there will be self service refill stations and unmanned “grab and go” aid tables.  I will definitely be doing some of my training on the route to acclimate to the conditions.  I also want to get up there to drive as much of the course as I can to get a sense of elevation changes.

The moral of the story here is to always be willing to pivot.  In the Chicagoland area weekend warriors have been “spoiled” by the sheer number of races from which to choose.  However, in a post COVID era full of uncertainty, we need to be grateful when such opportunity comes along. If you care to join me for the half-marathon (or the full or the 5k) there is still time to register.  Hope to see you there.

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James began his journey in Triathlon 7 years ago; and participates in events as a mid to the back of the pack ever since. What started out as an attempt to lose a few pounds quickly became a change in lifestyle. Now when he’s not juggling responsibilities as a husband, father and Technology Coordinator for a District; you are likely to find him swimming, biking, and running all over the Northern 'Burbs of Chicago and beyond. The consummate gearhead, he is always experimenting with the latest gizmos and gadgets of the endurance industry. Happy to strike up a conversation or offer a few words of encouragement, you can find him at numerous events throughout the triathlon season in the Chicagoland area.


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