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! Continue reading July & August Update
It’s finally race season, and the video above accurately depicts how fucking stoked I feel about it! With two races under my belt since my last update, I suppose it’s time that I update this thing again. So, what’s the excuse this time? Well, lack of time, I suppose. [insert long paragraph here about all of my time commitments]. Regardless, I need to get back on the weekly grind of doing this. Some of the highlights of the past couple of weeks include:
- Two races, two podiums
- Winning a cash prize at one race
- Getting to race in my Wattie Ink. kit for the first time
- Throwing down some nasty swim and run PRs
- Receiving my Blueseventy Helix wetsuit just in time for my first race (see above)
- Seeing my BFFs in Worcester and seeing HCMR race well at Eastern Sprints
- Seeing my brother’s last collegiate race in Philly
- Starting GMAT prep classes (Austin here I come!)
- having a work assignment be “order a giant ass check”
- getting told I need to re-test FTP
On to the numbers…
It’s taken me awhile to post this, and maybe it’s because we took our first step backward, and maybe it’s just been because I’ve been tired/busy/lazy/_____. Funny, I wrote “we” in that last sentence, and the plural use of that refers to Brian, because his support and help have been crucial in my training this season. I’ve always had very close relationships with my coaches throughout my years (this really deserves a separate blog post), and I’ve always trained and raced to make those coaches proud. So anytime I have a down week, I always feel, to some extent, like I’ve let my coach down as well as myself. Let’s get to the numbers, and then I’ll continue my train of thought.
ROCK THE W! ROCK THE W! AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH
i’m entirely too excited to post anything coherent!
watch on twitter if you’re so inclined.