The new year always offers the feeling of a fresh start, a fresh perspective. A blank canvas upon which to write a new chapter of your story. I’ve been reflecting on what I want my 2018 “story” to include.
Last year, my fitness goals were so clear – I had IRONMAN Lake Placid 2017 etched into the schedule since July 2016. It gave me direction and focus, and everything I did revolved around that goal.
I don’t have a date circled on the calendar in 2018 that my life and training is revolving around.
I always knew I wanted to do another Ironman, I’m definitely not one-and-done. I had picked one out for 2018: I was ready to pull the trigger on Ironman Mont Tremblant. But I took a step back and thought through my life, my other goals, and my balance of time.
Life was incredibly busy this year. It was a whirlwind. It wasn’t without balance, but it felt like life was a nonstop race.
So while another Ironman may possibly happen in 2018, right now I’m working on a plan that has Ironman 70.3s (aka half Ironmans), along with full and half marathons, and shorter local triathlons. I want to get faster, which I had been doing in 2016 before taking on the full Ironman training.
And I want to rock climb, hike, camp, do fun things with my kids, and go on adventures with friends. So I’m thinking that 2018 isn’t the year of another full Ironman. Maybe it’s the year of discovering a different balance in my life.
If I reach the spring and feel pretty good about my life, I reserve the right to change my direction.
I’ve used this blog for years to share my journey, and I plan to continue in 2018. You Signed Up For WHAT?! doesn’t need to just mean triathlon and running race registrations – I’ve “signed up” for this life, and everything I pack into my life is part of that story.
I’m ready to write my 2018 story, and can’t wait to share it with you.