Sometimes I just have to follow my instincts. This was one weekend when I realized that. For a while I had really felt that the Lake Lanier Triathlon just was not meant to be. This was one of my deferred races from last fall. It turns out that I was right. When I woke up this morning I was experiencing vertigo like I never have before. I have had some dizzy spells in the morning in the past but not like this. Why did it happen? I am not sure. I’ve been battling the seasonal allergies, my ears have been a little blocked, I had a flu shot on Thursday, my eating was off yesterday. I guess any or all of those could have contributed to this. The bottom line was that I did not feel safe to get on a bike to ride 34 miles at speeds of 16-20+ miles an hour. It would not have been safe for me or for others riding around me. I thought I might feel better after I ate breakfast but I was still just not feeling right. I made the decision not to do the ride in Opelika and not to go onto Lake Lanier. I headed home instead. Disappointing? Yes. But I have learned that I need to follow my instincts.
I stopped in Birmingham at Whole Foods and bought some figs then stopped by Bike Link. I’ve managed to get a few things done that I really needed by coming home. I’m feeling better now. I still think I made the right decision. There will always be another race.