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Six Weeks – One Event – Life Changing

It has been a long while since I blogged. Forty one days to be exact.

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Alot has happened over that time.

On February 8, my son Oliver was born at 22 weeks and 6 days old. Being born pre-term, he was only able to survie out of the womb for one hour and forty minutes. The days leading up to and following were the hardest of my life. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it hurt. It hurt so bad.

I have had a lot of time to reflect on life, family, and my triathlon career. Why is it we do the things we do? Not that I made choices that negatively effected my health; actually I have made the opposite choices. Maybe I have focused too much on my diet and training that I forgot the enjoy the little things; a chance to sit with my wife and have a cup of tea, enjoying a great meal with friends, or just relaxing on a family bike ride. Maybe I should take more time to enjoy the little things in life. Hey, you only live once right?

All of us in the family still have our moments of sadness; we wouldn’t be human without them. For the most part though, life has returned to normal. As normal as it can be after 6 weeks.

My daughter is back in school, heaven forbid we missed a day. I hope she keeps that enthusiasm into high school, but I am confident that won’t be the case.

I am back to my training plan. I foucsed on my family, and not my training schedule for a week, so I had to revise my periods a notch and restart with my ‘Base 1’. Anyone familiar with Joe Friel’s ‘Triathlon Training Bible’ knows what I am talking about. I am currently in ‘Base 2’ phase with my ‘Build’ periods starting on April 1; no foolin’.

I am going to begin blogging again, obviously. I have so many thoughts rolling through my head surrounding training, how to get faster, social media, and family to rattle off a few. Name a topic and I will probably have a future blog post drafted or scheduled. As always, I will keep it positive and upbeat; except for this post, sorry.

So stay tuned for that.

Oh yeah, and from now on, my wife and daughter will hear ‘I love you’ every time I see them.

Oliver, I miss you.

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2 responses

  1. My heart goes out to you and your family. I can’t imagine what this has to be like for the family and it really does show just how precious life is for all of us.

    I have a good friend who has had two similar misfortunes in his life and both were definitely life changing moments. Part of what helped him through the grief was sharing what he went through at http://www.grievingdads.com. He’s told me many times that life for him will never be quite the same.

    I wish you, your wife, and your daughter the best in life and hope you can all find the new normal and happiness of each other.

    March 22, 2013 at 12:23 pm

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