Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Making the Tough Choices

Everybody has a different perspective on life, and isn’t it a wonderful thing?  If we all thought and believed the same things, the world would be a boring place.  Take me for example…  I view life as a journey down a river, the end of which, of course, is my death.  I can dictate my spot in the river, and some days, I can even paddle against the current, but the end result is going to be the same.  Others view life as a tapestry, and they hop from thread to thread based on the choices they make.  All the threads combine to paint a picture of their life, and this perspective of the world pleases them.  Then there are those who see the world as a dark, foreboding force of chaos in their life.  They are constantly reacting to what is being thrown at them, and they feel out of control, lost, and often lonely.

Hold your nose, I told my child, and jump in with both feet, then hang on for the ride…

Here I am, three months out from Ironman Arizona, and my life is carrying me at an every increasing pace towards the Georgia Half Marathon.  I continue to run 5-6 times a week, but my reffing schedule has been interfering a bit.  Periodically, I get on the scale to check my weight and my nutrition status.  I am maintaining at 180.  In the five years that I have been participating in endurance sports, this is the first time this has ever happened, and all I have been doing is running, and drinking beer, and eating better.

With this in mind, I have come to a tough decision.  I have decided that I am no longer a triathlete.  Yes. I know.  I am now a runner, again.  You see…  I’ve found that balance of drinking beer, eating, and running that allows me to maintain my weight and enjoy the finer things in life, like a good dark beer.

Don’t be jealous.  I know that you all work hard to achieve some sort of balance in your life:  work, kids, running, triathlon.  It’s not easy, but it can be done.  My advice?  Scale back your balance to beer and running.  Simple really.  It’s much easier to balance when there are fewer variables involved.  If I can do it, anybody can do it.  Someday, you’ll thank me.

After missing my long run last weekend, I thought that I would take advantage of President’s Day to get in a 14 miler.  At the last minute, I diverted from my planned run at The Silver Comet, and instead went to Kennesaw Mountain.  My legs were very tired and sore, and as a result, I threw all time considerations out the window.  It ended up being a wise decision.  I followed a different path on this run, and ended up on a different trail in the park.  It was, pretty much, a straight out and back, in the middle of the afternoon, at a most leisurely pace.  Just what I needed!

I have my first race of the season coming up this weekend.  It is a 5K less than 2 miles from my house.  I’m hoping…  no, I need to PR this race, but I also need to wait and see if my legs are recovered enough to give it a go.

We shall see.  Often, the tough choices take time…

Wes

20 comments:

teacherwoman said...

Great post! Mmmmm... dark beer :)

Kim said...

nice wes! way to put your big boy running pants on!

wait, how are you 3 months out from IMAZ when it's in November...??

Kim said...

ohhh right, you raced IMAZ LAST november, and here you are being all fast and shiznit. i get it now. okay okay!

GeorgiaSnail said...

Now if we can pull you to the trails a little more often...maybe you should think about SweetH20 50K?...

Scott Keeps Running said...

Beer.

LBTEPA said...

LOVE.IT. May we all one day achieve that clarity :)
Allez allez allez Wes!

Lisa said...

I'm not a triathlete anymore either. but i'm also not a beer drinker. but there is something simpler about just being a runner that keeps me happy and stress-free

Jess said...

Unfortunately, one side-effect of pregnancy is that the run-to-beer reation gets WAY off. Maybe THAT's what accounts for the morning sickness ;)

Karen said...

I like wine and beer.... Should I move to duathlon?

Carolina John said...

It is all about the balance bro. Find it and live it. All the cool kids are doing fast running these days.

Team Ron Itch said...

So, are you still on for IMAZ?

btw---I was looking for the like button. what happened to it? Oh, this isn't FB is it?

Colleen said...

Beer and running... if that's all I need for balance in my life, I'm on it! Do I blame you if it doesn't work???

Good luck with the 5k!

Andy said...

I am glad you have found that balance in your life, and have made the appropriate adjustments to make yourself happy! Hopefully that does not mean that I won't be able to pull you away every once in a blue moon (blue moon beer???) to do a bike ride over at Sweetwater (sweetwater beer???) park ;) You get where this is going. I need to get back up to Kennesaw more often to run, I love it up there. BTW I am also confused about the 3 months out and IMAZ!

Gotta Run..Gotta Ride said...

I love how most of the comments note "BEER".... see where all of our real focus is at. ha!

Joe said...

Sounds like a significant decision, Wes.

Are you pretty comfortable with it?

What are you planning to do with the IMAZ and the summer Tri schedule? Walk away from it??

Choices are key...sounds like you've settled on a big one.

Persevere.

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The Lazy Triathlete said...

Wes, thats a great post...And so true. Isn't it amazing how control freaks are some of the least happiest people.

Smithposts said...

Nice post Wes! Balance is good...and so is beer.

Lisa said...

I will admit that I really enjoyed my season of running this year with Marni. I could definitely see myself retiring like that...after Ironman. :>)

Michelle said...

Beer and running - love it : ) Can't wait to hear how the 5K goes!

Darrell said...

Keep it Simple is always good advice. Balancing beer and running is pretty darn simple!