Everyone these days talk about balance. Balance between your work and family life. Balance between your training and work.
Even I find myself talking the need to balance my life.
Last season, my life was all over the place. I tried to do too much. I was on the verge of burn out. This season, I changed my approach.
How do I balance between quitting my job in Feb, went to Hong Kong for a month, finding a new job, while dealing with grandma’s funeral, fellowship, and training? At the same time I have to maintain my relationship with friends and family?
When we train, we know that life goes on regardless. I didn’t put down my situation to boost how I dealt with it.
Lately I am
trying to get away from not thinking about balancing my life. Rather I am seeking harmony.
I seek harmony between my training and my life.
I seek harmony between spending solo on the bike/run with family/friends relationship.
Most of us balance our lives b/c we feel stress out. I don’t think balance is the answer. My life will never be balance. I can’t possibly have a ‘normal’ life if I am out training 18 hrs a week(normal is a matter of perspective. I consider training as normal b/c I am a triathlete).
When I try to balance my life, I try to add up my hours. 5 hrs on the bike, spent 3 hrs with family etc. I rush to get things done. I fly from one thing to the next. As a result, I get edgy when things don’t get done or my schedule is disrupted b/c a friend showed up late.
I have to make to this place by 7 pm. I have to get this done in 20 minutes. I need to move now.
When I seek harmony, time becomes more than just one dimension. I am more relax. The friend is coming late. No problem. I get up late in the morning b/c my body needs the rest. Then I go and slowly get ready for my long bike ride. I give myself ample time for those hiccups in life (and they often come).
I am still tweaking this as I am living. And life will continue to throw curve balls.
Knee is 90% better. I spent a lot of time hitting the pool and the hot tub. Interesting…yesterday morning I swim and I felt like crap. After work, I hit the pool again, my arms were tired but I felt great. For 15 min, I had a lane all to myself. Hmm..that was good….I was in the zone.