Monday, February 24, 2014

Sometimes your commitment can be tested #betteryourbest #Tri4aHandUp

Sometimes your commitment can be tested with the trials and tribulations of real life...

Even with the best of thought out plans for a long training trip for work, schedule for endurance training and the max motivation, life will just pop you in the face and destroy any thought of what you had would be a organized life.

We recently had a family emergency that shook us to the core.  Out of the blue and a totally random set of circumstances led to a intermediate family member going to the hospital in critical care.  I came back from out of town and we find ourselves scrambling to keep up with the hospital setting, let along having any semblance of a schedule at home with kids, work and training.

Yes, there are more important things than life than work and endurance sports, but this blog is mostly about life while fitting in an almost-obsessive-compulsive drive to train and race endurance events.  This does put a lot into perspective and puts a huge wrench into even thinking about training.  I dropped off the training map for 3 days even though I had some chances to get something in, I just didn't care or have the motivation.

That's the reality.  When you're emotionally exhausted, you just do what you can to get from A to B and to bed to get some sleep to do it the next day.  There's very little leftover for an AT run on the treadmill or 2 hour zone 2 ride on the bike.

I'm back on the wagon of sorts, but I'm not really sure what the schedule will look like and if I will be able to even leave town for an extended period of time to race the events.  That's a tough one with my fundraising challenge, but what are you going to do?

So, while thinking about what to say and what not to say on the old blog, one word came to mind when I hit the treadmill this morning before the family was up, since that was the only time I would have today to do any workouts:

Commitment
Defined as : Promise, or personal commitment.
Although my wife might think of it for my case as : Involuntary commitment, the use of legal means or forms to commit a person to a mental hospital, insane asylum or psychiatric ward



It's a test of commitment to keep one foot in front of the other and spend the time to train properly for these fundraising events when the majority of your day will be spent at the hospital keeping watch over a loved one.  Used to be to train was an option for morning, lunch or evenings.  Not any more.  It's morning before the family gets up or nothing.  It was nothing until this morning so I'm hoping to keep the trend going and get to bed at a decent time to not steal from sleep to pay for training.  That's just not a good idea.
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