I know many of you are wondering how my time down under has been. I figured I would take the time to share my thoughts publicly. I have my own personal journal that I write in every day. However, I believe it is beneficial to write a more critical and overlooking piece of writing every now and then to make your thoughts clear. In general, I would urge anyone who travels to write their thoughts down.
I would call my time here adventurous routine. After landing, I came straight to my home base for the remainder of my stay and have since been trying to make Noosa a second home. It has been a very fun and rewarding few weeks. I have figured out when the group rides are and am getting to know the local crew. I have also explored the roads on my own, gotten terrifically lost—but now after a mere ten days I feel I know the area quite well. I always feel connected to an area from the hard work I put into its roads, trails, oceans, etc. It’s amazing to have a mental map of an area and have that mental map connected with hundreds of exhaustive workouts. It’s also adventure because I came into town not knowing a single person and am getting to meet new people and make new connections.
I say its adventurous routine because the adventure has been figuring out where to train, how to live here, and what to do every day but the goal is to find a routine. I have decided to do IM New Zealand in 6 short weeks so am needing to train quite hard. I am loving the process. I did my first IM as a journey to explore myself, push my limits, and hopefully become a better person in the end. I am finding myself stoked to do IM NZ for similar reasons (Although the journey is very different). I also love it because it feels like im taking a risk. Its early and I’m having to push myself to get in shape. I love to live my life with a bit of risk and this is filling me with excitement.
I am loving the routine I have found here. For the first time ever, I am feeling like a true professional triathlete. Every day I set my day up to make me better—whether that’s a 6-hour ride, a swim, and a run or if it’s a rest day putting my feet up and reading all day. One nice thing about coming some place new is there are very few distractions I have been able to be incredibly focused. This has been great for triathlon.
The focus has also been good for introspection. I haven’t had a time where I have had the freedom to choose the books I read and the ways I want to challenge my mind since the start of college (since I took summer classes). This has been beneficial. I am hatching future plans and figuring out how to become the man I want to be. As the Greeks said, “sound body, sound mind”. The pursuit of both I believe is one of the great benefits of being a professional athlete.
I am loving the life here. Waking up early, training, cooking, eating very healthy, reading, and chilling on the beach. The vibes here are incredibly laid back. I came here wondering if I would feel I was doing enough with my life as a triathlete. I love the lifestyle. I have found a simplicity in my life here that is completely fulfilling and rewarding. It makes me want to succeed at a level greater than before. It remains to be seen if I can make triathlon financially sustainable! With all this said, the extra time has made me realize that when I come back I will, in fact, have excess time to devout to other pursuits. I am stoked about this because I have been wanting to get onto coaching and personal training for several years. I am confident I will have enough time to pursue these and provide my clients with complete dedication and excellence (because why do anything at all if you’re not going to do it well?). if you’re interested let me know. The spots will be very limited.
The trip has already given me much in the way of knowledge and enjoyment. I am stoked to spend more time here. Noosa has the most beautiful beaches I have ever seen and one can’t help but be happy in a spot like this. All is well.