Triathlons and a Social Life??

I’ve come to realize that triathlon training really limits your social life. And I keep learning this lesson over and over again, as I consistently push myself to do more and sleep less.

My New Year’s resolution, if you could call it that, is to say “yes” more. Yes to going out more, yes to meeting new people, yes to new places, yes to things that I doubt I’ll appreciate. So far it’s been working out fairly well, but I’m realizing that I need to maintain my triathlon training as my constant #1 priority. I can accept a dinner invitation, and get to bed at a normal time without drinking too heavily, but I somehow still push my body too far. I’m one of those people who needs 8+ hours of sleep, and nothing less works out too well for me.

Well, I predictably woke up sick this morning. I knew it was coming on, and I’ve been actively trying to head it off. But, most of my coworkers have had the sniffles for the past week, so it was really only a matter of time. Yesterday I went out to dinner and had a great time. I ate enchiladas, all the chips the restaurant had to offer, and I had a margarita (yum). I love Mexican food and I really enjoyed myself. I got to bed at a normal-ish time, and was excited for my run this morning. The alarm clock rolls around, and I suddenly feel like a bag of bricks hit me in my sleep. Wonderful. I managed to jump on my bike and the indoor trainer for some time this morning, but it was a struggle. A sure sign that I’ve (once again) neglected my training in favor of my social life. So how does one balance that??

I’m young, single, and living in an amazing city; I don’t want to be a recluse and neglect some chances to experience interesting things, but I also don’t want to lose sight of my triathlon training and my long-term goals. So, that is my personal, non-fitness struggle. How do I find time for everything I’d like to do, and how do I prioritize? Ideally I’d find a social group of triathletes and we’d all commiserate together!



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