Sunday, December 9, 2007

Well, now I've joined the masses...

With the 80 billion blogs out there to choose from, why should I start one? Good question. But we'll get to that in a second.

First order of business was to come up with a title. To answer that, I asked myself why I was even doing this. In a nutshell, there are three things that make me about the happiest I could possibly imagine in life: my family, my career, and triathlon. Balancing those things is tough with a limited time budget. Most people may think, "well, I need to make some sacrifices somewhere in order to juggle all this." I don't like that idea. That's not in my nature. I'm a perfectionist, and I'm usually (and sometimes ignorantly) under the impression that if I really want it, I can somehow find a way to make it work. I want it all, and anything less that that isn't as fulfilling to me. In my opinion, I do a good job of juggling these things. I DO have it all. I love how my life has panned out so far, mostly because of those three central themes. So, in my opinion, I have it all. There's my title.

Now I have a title, but what content to include? It will basically be a mix of all three of the important things in my life. But information about my family and job will only appeal to a small number of people, namely my immediate family and my fellow science geeks. However, triathlon information will probably appeal to a lot of people interested, both newbies and veterans. Thus, the majority of content will likely be biased toward this latter aspect...triathlon. That's not indicitive of where it stands on my priority list, it just means that is what will likely have the most readers.

Now back to that original question: why should I start one? I hope to gain 3 things from this experience. First, it's a therapeutic exercise for me. I think collecting my thoughts, despite the insane and constant hectic hassles, will be mentally refreshing. It will also be nice to look back and see how I've changed over time, and hopefully, improve myself as an individual because of it. The second task I hope to accomplish is to have something that family and friends can check (if they want) to keep up on what's going on in my life. And the third thing is that I know tri-geeks tend to search online about training and racing information almost as much as they spend in the pool and on the road. So hopefully I can share some ideas I have regarding triathlon, and maybe gain insight from others to see where I can improve my training and racing.

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