This week I had a birthday! It’s just like any other birthday and really almost the same as any other day of the year. But this year I ended my 4th decade and started my 5th decade on this planet, yes that’s right I turned 40. It is nothing more than a number used to record the length of time I have been present on this earth, nothing more nothing less. As a triathlete however these zero and five birthday take on new meaning. It is all about ‘age grouping up’.
Did I wake up feeling any different? No not really. Should I have? No not really. I feel exactly the same as I have in the midst of every training program I have completed, TIRED. That had nothing to do with age, but with the current training load and busy lifestyle. So as this birthday came and went, try as I did to keep it low-key, my amazing family & friends did there absolute best to ensure I felt very special! I shared on instragram and facebook about my the last day in my 30’s, banking a nice ride with Ian and running a solid 10km PB then sharing breakfast with the amazing running community here in the Redlands (parkrunners & plodders alike). It was a very fitting end to 4 decades! I woke up on the Monday (my actual birthday) and headed to the pool early for a gentle recovery session, doing 40 laps for Forty years (almost accidentally)!
I tell people all the time that my life at the moment is surrounded by people who inspire me and support me in every facet. Where this isn’t occurring changes need to be made! My family support me in ways no-one will ever understand, they are my rock, they are my solitude. They have bought into the lifestyle i am trying to create and are getting involved! All the people I run, ride and swim with you are all helping me be the best version of myself I can be. I only hope that in return I can enrich, inspire or help you in some small way in return.
As I approach yet another Ironman I am always reflecting on my training and life. This build up has been different from my previous races and is highlighting to me that change is inevitable, embrace it and make the most of every situation. My life without goals, ambitions, plans and direction feels incomplete. To live my life to my absolute fullest potential I need to have a clear goal, a plan and have surrounded myself with actions and people who are willing to support each other to achieve these goals.
So while I am now another year older, I will continue to strive for the best version of myself. My hope is that if our paths cross, for a short time or a lifetime, we are both better people for that experience. As time tick by and the days turn to weeks, weeks to months, months to years, take time to reflect on whats important to you, talk to your family and surround yourself with a tribe of people who bring out the best in you. I am striving to do this and will be making my 40’s all about that simple statement! Surrounding myself with people that bring out the best in me!
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Till next time build consistency, keep smiling and live to Tri!