I hate writing blog entries like this but I realized that even if I was able to compete in St. Anthony's Olympic Triathlon at the end of April, I wouldn't compete well. I can't imagine racing up to my expectations so I requested a deferral. Below is an email that I got from the RD for StA in response to that request. Note I think it is great that they offer this option (given enough notice) as so many other races do not and just pocket your money. I think this fair. Well done, team StA.
There is a local 100k ride (not race), the Nassau to Suffolk Challenge that same day that I might consider if I am riding without issue by then. I've done this ride three times before and it is very well run. One of the best things about this event is that it will not sell out and another is that there are 25m and 50m options. It could turn into a show and go for me. It is hilly with a lot of rollers but that's why they call it a "challenge."
I'm sorry to hear you will not be joining us in 2010! As you requested, your name will be removed from the 2010 start list and your registration deferred to our 2011 event (May 1, 2011). To be guaranteed a spot for the 2011, it is your responsibility to complete the registration process before the announced deadline. You will be emailed a code around November 1st that will be valid until November 18th, 2010 and pay the $75 deferral fee. Please note this deferral is good for one year only.
As stated previously, we will email your code around November 1st, 2010, it is YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to keep us informed of any email changes. Please feel free to contact me with any other questions.
that is awesome that St. A's allows a deferral. Now no pressure on you and you have plenty of time to be fully prepared next year. that century sounds really nice. i'm doing the 3 state-3 mountain challenge May 1. Starts in Tenn, winds thru Bama and thru GA, then back to Tenn. Should be a "challenge."
I love races that offer deferrals! And it was definitely smart of you to take it this year so you can kick booty next year!
i missed two races last year, one did the deferral thing, one did not. yay for deferrals!
Sorry that you had to make this tough decision. If it's any consolation, I think we all feel your pain of having to bail or defer a major race. Head up - we're rooting for you!
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