It’s time for me to Walk the Talk.
I have made the decision that I want to compete again next season. For the past few years I have been content to train as a “sparring partner” for some of my locally based athletes and to have a run at the occasional competion (normally as the result of losing a bet – though I would prefer it was referred to as me being supportive).
I have always loved competing and welcome any opportunity to jump on the track and sprint. But I have missed the feeling of stepping on the track knowing I was in condition to perform at my best.
A lot has changed since I last trained seriously with an eye to competitive performance. I have gained: 2 more kids (I have 4 now); quite a few kilograms and a large number of clients (with whom I love working).
Three of my kids have reached the “active phase” – dancing and tennis taking up much of our “spare” time. Having given birth to our youngest 17 weeks ago my amazing wife is nearly ready to return to full time employment so I again get to be the stay-at-home Dad (a job I wouldn’t swap for the world.)
So it is against this background that I have decided to train and compete again. The obvious question is…Why now? There are the obvious responses – to challenge myself, the adrenalin rush from competing, the comraderie of fellow competitors. All of these are real but for me, my biggest motivation is that my kids are at an age where they can come and watch me compete and will, hopefully, be able to remember it. I want them to be able to see how I have set a goal and worked hard to achieve it.
So, over the next 10 months, I am going to train hard, blog about it and then see what I am able to achieve. I will reveal the struggle, the reality of being a Masters athlete and, hopefully, all the boxes I have ticked off.
This is a very similar journey to that faced by many of the athletes that come to me at Damn Fit SC. They still have a burning desire to compete at there best, they face many hurdles – some aged related and others related to the demands on their times. So just like we do for them, we are going to create a plan for me and implement the layers of accountability.
Stay tuned… there is more to come!!!
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