Strawberries, Thoughts, and A New Chapter


Triathlon number six is happening tomorrow and I can’t sleep.  Hence I am writing this post. Tomorrow morning at 7:30 I start my journey in the Strawberry Fields Triathlon sprint course, swimming along shore, biking amongst acres of strawberries, and running through the community of Mandalay Shores.

Compared with all of my previous five triathlons, this one I am feeling the least stressed by.  Maybe it is because I have never done this triathlon before.  Perhaps, I have done enough triathlons that the newness has worn off.   Perhaps, it isn’t worth stressing over something that I know I will be pleased with in the end.

In reality, I think the Strawberry Fields Triathlon is an opportunity to let loose, have some fun with an event I’ve never done before and shake things up a bit.

  • I will be commuting with a friend and won’t be arriving at the crack of dawn before transition is open.  Instead much later, so finding and setting up the transition area will be more challenging.
  • Commuting with a friend to the event will be a first.  Normally I am in solitude, building my mental capacity and getting ready.  We’ll see how I do without such dedicated time.
  • I will be using a Gyst Concept Backpack 1-10 transition bag.  Check out my video demonstration of this revolutionary transition pack.  This will be a first, having everything in a single pack… will it work?  I am sure it will

Things will be a bit different this time around.  Doing things differently inspires creativity and innovation.  Just what Aric In Training needs!

Over the past few weeks since the Ventura Triathlon, I have put in training, replaced one of my coaches, and realized that I am no longer a beginner.  It is time for Aric In Training to shift from just finishing to competing for a spot in the top 75% and start thinking about what it is going to take to finish my first long course triathlon.

As much as I realize this, I also realize that another part of my life journey comes to a close.  The past 2.5 years are so full of wonderful memories, fabulous people, and events that still take my breathe away.  It also has some moments that I am less proud of, but accept as lessons and steps toward the bigger goals.

The future will be full of new, exciting memories.  The coaches may not be the same, friends may not be able to keep up, and the events are going to be harder than ever, but the challenge of accomplishing something so huge is still there.   Finish one goal, set the next goal 2.5 times higher, the next after that 5 times higher.

Sitting here typing this makes me realize that the challenge is not about one event, but about the greater goal of continuous challenge.  The Strawberry Fields Triathlon will be a fun event and I will give it my all, but the journey will not end there. In fact, it begins a new chapter in Aric’s journey to the world’s next top triathlete.

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