Listen to Your Gut

Yesterday, as many of you know, I was supposed to do my first Half Ironman triathlon.  (Swim 1.2 miles, bike 56 miles, and then run 13.1 miles!)  Instead, I went out for a 15 minute run with my husband.

I bet you're wondering why.

There's a really long version to the story, but the important part is this.  It wasn't the right time for me to take on something like this.  My health was suffering, my family was really worried about me, and I'm not sure I was physically ready.  I did my workouts like I was supposed to and I worked really hard, but this little nagging feeling in my gut told me it just wasn't right.  But it's not a decision I made lightly.

How do you make decisions that are really difficult?  Here's a little bit about how I made mine.  I have a medical condition called ulcerative colitis that started to flare up.  I felt like it might be caused  by all the intense training that I was doing, so I sought help.  I talked to my parents and my husband.  I talked to my coach.  Most important of all, I talked to my doctor.  (Of course, not all decisions require a doctor's help, but it's a good idea to go to an expert in your decision-making area for guidance.)

And then... I decided that this wasn't the right time.  I didn't want to risk my health for one goal, because I have so many more exciting goals ahead!

What do you do when you are faced with a difficult decision?  Who do you turn to?

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