MICHAEL LOVATO | Professional Triathlete




Change of Plans

Thursday, March 29, 2012

It seems that I have been writing some sort of “change of plans” blog each of the last few springs.  Maybe there is something about early season racing that makes it hard to stick to a decision; or maybe things out of our control just end up nudging us to a better “right” path.  Who knows, but as we draw toward the close of March, I find myself writing another change into the Team Lovato schedule for 2012.

As I posted in my last blog, after our trip to San Juan, Amanda and I returned to Boulder to some very sad news.  We learned that our 15-year-old cat Frisco was very ill.  Soon thereafter, we realized we were going to have to put him down – a decision that was extremely difficult to make.  A combination of the stresses from our race, the travel home, and then the news of losing a pet, Amanda and I both ended up getting head colds by week’s end.
Therefore, we have chosen to forgo the California 70.3 this weekend at Oceanside. We hate to miss the event, as it’s one of our favorite early-season events; however, we know that we would not be able to perform to our fullest potential so soon after the extremely challenging and emotionally charged week.  We knew that to really deliver the kind of performances that would be necessary in Cali, we’d have to show up with a full tank of positive energy.  And we just could not come up with those goods, so soon after saying goodbye to Frisco.
While we will certainly miss the challenging race, and we’ll miss all the great things that go with visiting Southern California (time with sponsors and great friends, tasty food at Naked Cafe, Pipes and Potato Shack, the awesome weather, and the ocean), we know we have made the best decision.
Thanks to all our peeps for bearing with us as we make this schedule change.  We appreciate your continued support, and look forward to our next race at New Orleans 70.3 on April 22nd, followed closely by Rev3 Knoxville on May 6th.
Onward and upward!

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