Thursday, September 9, 2010

Balancing Act

All of life is an experiment, right? And it  takes practice to get it right. And with experimentation and practice, lessons are learned. If there's anything I've learned through my little dance with triathlon is that balance is key. We have to balance focus on three different sports, making sure to not dedicate too much time to one aspect or risk taking away key fitness and speed of another activity. Even with the aid of a coach (or three), it can become daunting. And just when we think we have everything in it's place, life happens and throws everything off-kilter.

For example, early in the season, I dedicated a LOT of training time to the bike. And my bike splits improved dramatically! But my run seemed to suffer. Then, I got discouraged with the results from one race and some life events and my motivation plummeted. I'm ramping it back up, but I'm also trying to remember to throw in some key "fun time".

So, over the long weekend, I went camping down at Red River Gorge, where hiking ensued (yes, that is toothpaste on my shirt, thankyouverymuch)...
and a little knife throwing was done (maybe it's best to not ask)...
and amazing views were seen...
and great company was had (it only looks as though I'm trying to escape :))...

And upon arrival back home, it was to the Cleves Time Trial and out for morning runs and to masters swim practice for some hard work and back to work for a paycheck. Sometimes, it's great to have the kind of weekends that don't involve swim-bike-run and instead include fish 'n' chips and climbs and no showers and lots of laughs, ya know, to help maintain the balance, until life interrupts again.

3 comments:

Christi said...

I totally agree with you! Sometimes it is helpful to throw caution to the wind and go with other activities! It makes you relax and prepare for the triathlon in a better frame of mind!

It looks like you had a great time!

Aimee (I Tri To Be Me) said...

While I love to swim, bike, and run, it IS nice to not have to do them every weekend. I love to go camping/hiking with my family! I'm glad you had a good weekend! :)

TRI-james said...

knife throwing? why not axe throwing?