A lot has happened in the past weeks since my last posting (just over 8 weeks has gone by, in fact!), and my ability to juggle multiple hats has been pushed to the limits in that time period. Fortunately, I believe that I’ve gotten past the worst point, and my stress levels should lessen from here on out, or at the least, not get worse. The hats I was juggling probably aren’t that different from most people in my shoes, whomever those people might be, but they started to wear on me. In no particular order: GMAT prep class, GMAT exam prep, GMAT exam, thinking about b-school applications, training, work and earning additional responsibilities, trying to enjoy the summer, travel to Vancouver for a cousin’s wedding and then Milwaukee for these races, trying to be a good family member and friend, and constant concerns and thoughts about the future and how all of these hats will tie into my future. There is good to take from all of this, though. This summer has finally forced me to prioritize things and say “no” to people, which isn’t something I like doing. I suspect that many triathletes face a similar struggle, and ultimately, the more hats you have, the less quality work and time you can put into each one. I’ve always known that I like to tiptoe on the line of busy-but-not-pulling-my-hair-out-stressed, but this summer I finally felt myself losing my balance. So, I had to make the challenging, and not enjoyable, decision to de-prioritize some things from my calendar, including taking some things completely off. But instead of being sad about that, I’ll reflect back on all of this as a chance to grow and develop as a person, as well as make sure that the things I am continuing to concentrate on hold a greater amount of my attention, effort, and energy, so there’s the good!
Let’s get to the highlights. So, since Syracuse, I:
- got notified I had earned a roll-down slot to Vegas. After a good amount of healthy debate with Brian about the pros/cons, I’m sitting at a teammate’s apartment in Phoenix, where I’ll stay and train for 3 more days before we drive up to Vegas to take on the 70.3 World Championships.
- got a good amount of training in for the month of July – not the huge volume that I was getting in Florida in Jan-March, but a good month of relatively uninterrupted work. There were some lulls in my energy and motivation, but I believe that is a constant in training. How you address, overcome, and reinvigorate yourself is what’s important, and I think I did a good job at it. Not a great job, but a good job.
- went to Vancouver for a cousin’s wedding, which was beautiful. Both the city and the wedding. Unfortunately, I was out there while simultaneously recovering from some weird foot injury, and most the pools were closed for the summer, so a good amount of my cardio came from tearing up the dance floor. But your cousin only gets married once, hopefully, so I’m not mad or upset about it, and family must always remain a-top what is, in the grand scheme of things, a hobby that I am very passionate about. It was an honor to be in the wedding party, and I’m hoping that I can go visit Alan and his new wife this winter up in Whistler over the winter. I can’t pick out a single picture from the wedding that captures all of the love and joy, but I’d highly encourage you to take a couple moments to peruse through the collection of photos.
- after flying into Newark on a Monday night from Vancouver, spent Tuesday working in NJ, then got back into Philly late that night. Wednesday was laundry and re-pack day, and Thursday I departed for Milwaukee.
- raced twice in two days, had a blast (this was part of the reinvigoration I briefly addressed earlier), met a lot of new teammates, ate some fantastic, greasy, fried food, and then came back to Philly.
- got a “mid-season” mini-break, and during that time, tried mountain biking for the first time. It was cool as shit, and I hope that I can spend some more time doing it this winter.
- took the GMAT, did okay but not great, and now am focusing on applications and such. I’ll take the exam again in November after racing is done for the year, and I can put all of my training hours into studying. With that, I expect that I can get the score that I want for the schools I am applying to: Texas, Vanderbilt, Virginia, UCLA, North Carolina, at the moment.
- got in some good training for Vegas, including having some of my best swim and bike workouts of the year. My running is also close to being back at it’s best levels, but we’ll see what happens when heat, lots of it, is reintroduced, as it impacts me the most when I’m on my feet.
- arrived in Phoenix on Friday, Aug 30, to stay with Chris Hague, until we drive up to Vegas!
So, that’s about it. Going up next will be some long over-due race recaps.