Happy New Year, athletes!
Today is only the 4th of January and the year ahead feels like a promising one. While we may already have made some commitments and planned our major races beforehand, I feel a mixture of excitement as well as trepidation because we never really know what will end up happening.
While it may seem like each day passes much the same as the last, especially when you’re bound to a routine and not jet-setting off to new places, time relentlessly grinds forward. Nobody wants to look back over the past year and realize nothing of note happened.
If there was anything last year taught me, it’s that there is value in change if it can break you out of a rut and allow you to grow, if it can take you to new places and interesting experiences. And that’s exactly what I want to do this year.
When you keep doing the same things, you can’t really expect different results. It’s why after six years moving up in the distances of the triathlons I join, I’ve decided to train for my first international marathon. It’s why after years of wearing exclusively one brand, I’ve now gone and spent my own money on at least three different apparel and shoe brands to see what’s out there on the market and what else I could be happy racing in. It’s why after four glorious years signing up for, training for, and competing in Cebu at the Ironman 70.3 Philippines, I’ve decided to take a look at other races around the region.
It’s not that the former experiences weren’t good. They were! But that doesn’t mean there aren’t so many other options that are just as good (or even better) that I haven’t set my hands to yet.
So here’s a little thought experiment for the new year. Is there something you have plateaued at or has gone stale in your running or sporting endeavors? What new thing can you do to break through?
And then I’m going to challenge you: go out and do it.