This summer is definitely not playing out how I expected. It's interesting to say the least. Not boring, that's for sure. Random stuff seems to be popping up every day. Some good. Some bad.
I'd be a lying fool if I said I wasn't devastated that I'm not in Sonoma County right now to race Vineman this weekend. I freakin love that race and was so excited to see so many familiar faces. But after this past week, I know everything happens for a reason. Not to mention, I'm still unable to run for more than 20 minutes, so a 70.3 isn't even a question unless I just wanted to throw away all this progress I've made in my recovery. But the good news for me: I get a longer test run this weekend so I'm hoping for the best.
What I meant by saying everything happens for a reason: Both of my grandparents (dad's parents) are going through some major health problems right now. Grandpa made a turn for the worst this week while Grandma was in the hospital. Crazy how it happens at the same time. Our family, especially my mighty dad, has dropped everything to go up there daily, take care of them and be by their side. It's hard to see people who were always so strong become helpless. Btw, yes, they live in Inglewood.... the LA 'hood.
With my grandpa's problem, by Thursday it was either emergency surgery--a very high-risk procedure considering his extremely fragile state--or he didn't have much longer left. Our whole family was there, and we said our "I love yous" and "goodbyes" not knowing if they'd be the last. Then surgery it was.... anxiously waiting... he made it through! He's not out of the woods yet, but he has his life and one less life-threatening problem. Meanwhile, Grandma got released from the hospital and seems pretty dang strong! Go team Prazak! Fighters! We still have a lot of work ahead in helping them, and it feels good to be around.
Point is: I truly believe I was meant to be here this week/weekend; it would have killed me to be having fun in Sonoma, "selfishly" racing and doing my triathlon thing while my family was all gathered around my grandparents. Family first.
I'll get into more of "the good" stuff of this summer next time :)
GOOD LUCK VINEMAN RACERS!