Thursday, July 9, 2020

And then, goals change.

2020 was supposed to be my return to the land of athletic misadventures, my comeback year if you will. I had grand plans culminating with racing Ironman North Carolina 70.3 in October. Alas, due to progress going slower than planned in both the training and body composition fronts, I was skeptical that I would be prepared for this event. Mix in the risk of the event not even happening due to COVID-19, I felt that my plan was off the rails.

I saw on one of the many Facebook groups that I subscribe to that some athletes were asking for deferrals until 2021 and some, but not all, were being granted. So I gave it a shot and Ironman responded that I could defer. So I did.

So the 2021 goal is now:

  • Beaverdam Olumpic Triathlon in April 2021
  • If my training is going phenomenal, Ironman Eagleman 70.3 in June. The current odds are 1:4 against.
  • Outer Banks Olympic Triathlon in September 2021.
  • Ironman North Carolina 70.3 in October 2021.
The dates are all up the air as is everything these days.

Game on.

Thursday, May 21, 2020

The best version of youself

There was an interesting conversation on some completely forgettable television show the other day. I don't remember the show. I don't remember the day. I don't even remember the participants of the conversation. I don't remember why I was even watching it. Maybe the bigger problem could be my memory but that's a topic for a different post.

The gist of this talking head conversation was that many people have an aspiration to be the the best version of themselves but few people actually know what that means. "Best" is different for every person. It not necessarily reality. In fact, it might be very rare for many. It might just be an aspiration. Nobody is perfect but can you be better than what you are? What is better to you for you?

But if you know what is your vision of the best version of you, then you can work on becoming closer to that vision. It is sort of obvious but in this time of establishing new norms due to quarantining it might be something to think about.

I think this "new normal" is going to last more than we expect. Do you know what your best version of yourself is or what type of person you aspire to be? Where are the gaps and what is the plan to minimize them?

I'm going to spend some time trying to write some of this down in the upcoming days. Join in if you want.

Stay tuned.