As do most of you probably do/have, I’ve spent the last few weeks reflecting on 2015, and thinking about what I want to accomplish in 2016. Revisiting my list from the start of 2015, there are a few items that will be carried over (like turn my keg into a 6-pack), and there are some new things to add to the list. But this post isn’t so much about new year’s resolutions as it is about choices I’m making for 2016 that go against some things I’ve previously mentioned.
It’s a pet peeve of mine when people say “I didn’t have time.” The truth is we all have the same amount of time, we just prioritize our time differently. So it’s not that you didn’t have time, it’s that you didn’t prioritize whatever thing you’re being asked about above other things to make it happen. Don’t have time to train? You’re not making it a priority. Which is OK. I’m not judging you for making that decision. I just want you to be honest with yourself (and me) about why it didn’t happen.
So, I’ve decided after much contemplation that I’m going to skip training/racing in triathlons in 2016. It’s a HUGE time commitment to train for triathlons. It’s an even bigger money commitment. Races, bike gear, swimming gear, running gear, etc. It adds up, and it adds up fast. I REALLY REALLY LOVED triathlons, and will return to it (hopefully in 2017), but being honest, I just don’t want to commit the time it requires to be a multi-sport athlete in 2016. At the peak of my training for the Half Ironman, I was training 25+ hours each week. My wife and I have plans on moving in 2016 (we’ll still be in Memphis, don’t worry!). I’d also like to take her on AT LEAST ONE vacation that isn’t centered around some race or another that I’m doing. I will continue to CrossFit, and run. My plan is to continue with the trail races I already had planned, and then switch to road racing in May, leading up to hopefully running the St Jude Marathon in Memphis in December and being well trained and ready to run my best marathon yet. I will continue to ride, and I will continue to swim. I just don’t want to HAVE to train those disciplines. If I decide not to do a weekend long ride, or skip a swim workout, no biggie! Swimming and cycling are going to be a MUCH lower priority for me than I had originally planned in 2016.
I’m looking forward to the lower volume of training, and the “free” time it will create to spend more time with my wife, family, and friends.
Hope everyone has a Happy New Year, and I’ll see you on the trails!