For a while this week I was really pressed to make a decision. I thought the bike I wanted was on sale for $1999 and that was such a deal I couldn't pass it up. And if I had the bike, I might as well make a run (pun intended) at racing.
But the bike I want isn't even built yet. It is a P2 with an 11-speed 105 with a 11-32 cassette. That is a 2015 bike and won't be available for a few months. So I didn't have to buy a bike and so, at least for a couple of weeks, don't have to make a decision.
Another factor was my training. Starting Thursday I was in a funk and tired. Swim class went poorly. I ran slower and not as far. Even cycling was more of task than usual. I expect some weeks to be a setback and this sure was one. But setback weeks don't give you the confidence to make a major upgrade in your goals.
Finally, I have house guests this coming week and then there is Thanksgiving, a 10-day family vacation, Christmas, and New Years. Lots of time for input from my family and for training to go off the rails. I don't know if a decision to race would help keep training on the rails or not but I hope to not decide before January.
This week I trained 15 hours. I rode 133 miles. Ran 13 miles over 4:45 hrs. Swam 2.5 hours. Swimming and running reflect how tired I have been this week.