On the heels of being accepted into the graduate program at UWS, I realized as I was walking my pups the other morning that holy cow... I am going back to school. For real, paying a lot of money for it, school.
Immediately popping into my head is the following:
|Ahhh... the infamous planner: color coded goodness!|
So while that worked great in undergrad when school was my J-O-B, and even when I was in my MBA when I had a full-time J-O-B in addition to full time schoolwork. The only difference now is that I have an awesome full time J-O-B, travel to two states monthly, have two pups that require my attention morning and night and all spare minutes in between, as well as run a home solo while I am in training for an Ironman.
Pretty much my life is nothing like it was in undergrad or MBA school. I also came to realize that for some odd reason there are still only 24 hours in a day and 7 days per week... so I am not allowed any bonus of time which is quite the bummer.
If I add this program on top of all of that up there ^^^^^^ I am going to lose it. As my sensei CBW told me - "there is no reason to dig a hole instead of reaching for the stars". I am one person with a lot of goals. I can accomplish them all, just not all at once.
This year I am going to give my all in my training for Ironman #2, and then afterwards, go down to Tennessee and volunteer at Ironman Chattanooga as planned and leave on Monday morning having not signed up to race in 2015.
I am already taking 11 credits this fall and plan on keeping up around that level for the duration of the program. I know what will happen to me if I allow myself to be in the negative place where I am studying but feeling guilty for not training, or where I am training and feeling guilty for not studying. I will dig that hole and not be able to come out. What is the saying? Good Grades, social life, enough sleep... choose 2.
I am choosing school, shorter races, and more social time while I finish this education. I may even do a fall marathon in 2015 so that I am still active and have my "me' time, my down time from studying. So much easier training in one sport than three. :-)
I will do a few sprint series races, and maybe even go for an Olympic race or two. However my focus needs to be on the real commitments in my life, and Ironman/ will always be there for me. When I return.. it better watch out!
Reach for the stars, my friends!