|Fun times with my family at a wedding!
I would never say that you should slack on training/racing in order to be a social butterfly, but at the same time no amount of training is worth becoming a hermit year round. It's just no fun. I think even most pros would agree to that. Yea, there are definitely periods where you do have to tighten up, turn down invites and focus on your training/race goals, but there's no reason for it to be that way 365 days a year. Just go to Kona, and you'll see that first hand after the race!
Personally I've really put all this balance stuff into practice ever since last fall-ish (like when I chose a friend's wedding over Kona). And ya know what? It's a lot easier than I expected to "do it all!" I don't feel that I've screwed up my important training or race performances because I went to Vegas for a bachelorette party, went out to dinners for birthdays, visited a brewery with friends, hosted parties at my apartment, attended happy hours, etc... In fact, I feel like all that has enhanced my love for training and racing! It makes you realize how special it is to be involved in sport - especially when friends want to know all about what you do. More so, you get a sense of balance and satisfaction when you have the love/friendship of others - it's something no amount of training can offer - and, therefore, I argue it will allow you to do better at sport!
|Spending time with friends making memories is just as important and good
for the soul as training!
And take me for example: I've had quite a few fun-filled weekends recently, maybe too many haha... just ask Lucho ;) This past weekend I hosted a birthday party at my place on Friday, and another on Saturday, which was followed by dinner and drinks out on the town. The Saturday crew consisted of old high school friends - some people whom I honestly neglected at some point in the past several years. But I know they're TRUE friends because they don't care, they understand and they're still my friends to this day. They told me this weekend that they're "happy to have Tawnee back."
I mentioned that I'll be going to IMAZ already, but I'll end by saying that, yes, the main focus involves a little work and a lot of support for my longtime athlete as he executes his first Ironman.... but you better believe I'm also going out there for a good time! I love me some party time with triathletes!
|Don't miss out on making memories....
|...because sometimes there's just one chance to be there.