|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.|
:-) I remember in Kona you said you're planning on coming to Kona every year unless a friend is getting married or something and I though "duh" but I guess not everyone sees it that way. that's why we get along so well!ReplyDelete
awesome post Tawnee. I pretty much have the same mindset and I think if a lot other people did they would have a whole lot more fun with training, racing, and life...ReplyDelete
We only have one life - you have to make the most of it and one thing doesn't define you - great post - more triathletes should read this :)ReplyDelete
This is something I had to learn growing up riding horses. There was no balance in my life and if I had balance maybe I wouldn't have gotten burnt out on going after my equestrian goals. So I've taken that lesson, stored it in my back pocket for when I need to talk myself off a ledge with triathlon and/or running. :) Now I feel like I'm trying to balance too much with work, school, training, social life, my dog and Tomas. And yes, I might be busy right now, but I fully intend on living it up this weekend!!ReplyDelete
I couldn't agree more! Priorities are very important in life. Mine have completely changed since I became a dad 3+ years ago. I love triathlon, but spending time with my family is worth not setting a PR every time out!ReplyDelete