Thursday, March 15, 2007

Why Do You Train?

To stay fit? To meet people? To be outdoors? These are all great reasons why people fall in love with and stick with triathlon. There's a sense of pride associated with calling oneself a triathlete.

But in the end, what matters most? All those miles you logged, or the relationships you had along the way. As triathletes, we need our support group to help us meet our goals. And sometimes we get so caught up in training, we forget to take the time out to thank the people who've encouraged us, and perpetually lobbied to spend some quality time with us, even though we might have habitually refused--gotta get up at 4:30am! Late dinner? No way.


Remember to keep everything in perspective. Maybe Thursday night drinks with the guys isn't something you want to do while training for an Ironman. Good call. But, let's say at least once a week, make time to do non-triathlon stuff with the people you love and encourage them in their endeavors. Sure, you might not understand how embroidery fascinates your grandma so much, but she'll be happy just to have you around--or glad that you made the effort to call her on the phone.

Make these small efforts and in the end, you'll be proud of your athletic accomplishments and the richness of your relationships.

Happy Thursday!

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