Friday, November 5, 2010

Reflecting and Next Steps

I just finished watching Star Wars episode IV for the second time with my five year old. Never a dull moment with that kid and his 21 month old brother is growing up fast in his footsteps. It has been a while since my last blog posting and I thought I would dust off the keyboard and reflect a bit.

I started out with my main goal of qualifying for the National Age Group Championship. I met this goal and it was an incredible journey. I have met many friends, and have learned a lot about myself, my health, my body, and how to push my limits. It has been incredibly taxing and I have been very happy with my results. I have said it before and will say it again, if it isn’t difficult to obtain, your goals aren’t high enough. It is important to put yourself in situations that you aren’t accustomed to in order to grow in anything in life.

My final sprint triathlon of the season was awesome. I ended up placing third in my age group and 13th overall. I still have a half marathon that I will do in a couple weeks and hope to push myself to a PR there as well. I am still making up my mind as to what I will do next year. With our third boy on the way December 15th, dad’s training schedule will have to be approached with lots of flexibility to say the least. One option is 3 races. One option would be Northeastern regional qualifier to qualify again for Nationals, Nationals, and an undetermined half ironman. Another option is to stick to the Go Tri Sports SCTS local races and include one of the half ironman races in that series. Whatever I do I will train as much as I can while the first priority will be getting to know our new family member, and battling the attention needed for all of the other family members.

I will be putting together a mixed podcast of clips I have recorded throughout the last part of the season so hopefully you can follow it. I will follow up with a report of my half marathon. Push on!