No du TriDu: A Reflection

At this point, you are as ready as you’ll ever be. No need for any more tips or contemplations of a newbie, because you’re at the end of the road and you just need to get out there Sunday and do it (which you will, like a boss).
Instead, I’m going to talk about how I made the decision to drop out of TriDu. It wasn’t because of health reasons or lack of training, but of priorities. Basically, I have to take a course for work and the weekend of TriDu was the only time for me to take it without completely stressing myself out for the rest of semester. Making decisions to opt out after a lot of preparation is not an easy decision by far, but I think letting go of things is sometimes necessary. We’re often taught that giving up is not an option when we take on goals and projects, or that we should feel extreme guilt when we do; and while perseverance is an important quality that everyone should practice, there are times when continuing will create bigger problems than if we stuck with it. I have friends who have taken on too many activities in the past, realized the toll it started to take on their lives, and who have gone on to re-evaluate their priorities and have made it so that when they do decide to stop doing an activity, they give those that are affected enough notice, and finish the necessary work with the time left.
Of course, deciding to not do a race thankfully won’t affect a lot of people, nor did it have any negative effect on me, but I’ve admired those friends’ ability to be aware of their changing priorities and could be honest with themselves when they realized that something they were doing wasn’t serving those priorities.
Another important lesson I’ve learned reflecting on my decision was the importance of constantly monitoring and re-evaluating your priorities/motivations when working towards attaining a goal or finishing a project. I had thought at first, “man, what a waste – all that training!” but I realized that the main reason I had wanted to do TriDu was more than just completing the event itself – most importantly, I wanted to implement more healthier exercising habits in my daily life, which I have done and feel that I would continue to do. It’s just that for me, work is more important right now than doing this event, and with my reflections (and the realization that there were some aspects of the goal that I did attain), I don’t feel any regret in not doing the final piece and competing in the race itself, because it simply doesn’t have the importance that it did for me at the beginning, and of all the options I looked at, it was the one that ultimately would best serve my current goals.
That’s not to say that I am done with Triathlons! I’ve got my eye on the Point Grey Triathlon at UBC in the summer (and it’s nice to know I’ve got a bit of a head start on training), and this has given me the confidence to start training for a half-marathon, another one unchecked box on my fitness bucket list. To all competing, good luck this weekend, and look out for Cam and Beth’s final piece on Monday from their big race! Cheers.

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