Thankfully I have some very wise friends who put things into perspective for me. They reminded me that there is no shame in allowing setbacks to happen, and that it's okay to re-evaluate the end goal. Maybe I won't race in the time I wanted, maybe I will have to walk part of the 13.1 mile run after the bike, but showing up and starting is still a goal, and "just finishing" is not failure, and scrapping all the time and effort I've put into training is not in my nature, quitting does not come easily to me, I've faced these hurdles before. I remembered the saying "I haven't come this far only to come this far", and I wised up. Setbacks are not breakdowns, you don't throw away your car because the windshield wipers aren't working, you just have to stop driving in the rain for a while.
I said it before, setbacks suck. If those setbacks suck enough, they may force you to redefine your goals, but they don't have to be the end of your goals. I will find time to tell you about all the good stuff going on soon (more pacing, another race with Kayley, meeting up for runs with friends). Until then I will keep the finish line in sight, I may not get there as fast as I'd like, or in the fashion I would like, but I will get there, stronger, smarter and better than I was when I started.