How many times have we all grabbed a beer with some friends after a run or ride and the first thing out of everyones mouth is “so what are you training for right now?” It’s usually always followed with I’ve got this 1/2 marathon I’m thinking about in a few months or an omnium later this month. Very rarely do you hear someone say “I’m not training, I’m just having fun” and when someone says that, it’s usually accompanied with blank stares back at them.
I sometimes wonder if the days ever existed where you just ran or biked to the top of a bald to see the views all around you. Or the weekly beer run where you aren’t running for the Strava segment but actually for the darn beer and to hang out with friends afterwards. I’m sure they did and I’m sure they still exist in certain circles of the world. Definitely not in male masters racing, but I’ll stop before I digress into a tangent with that topic ;).
Wouldn’t it be nice to not have to train? I’m not saying to embrace your inner fat kid and sit on the sofa, eating bon bon’s, while watching General Hospital. I’m saying to let go of the guilt most of us age groupers feel when blowing off a run because it’s not fun to run in 90F heat on black asphalt. Or blowing off a bike ride because the river is perfect for a couple kayak runs. I understand that everyone has different takes on what is fun and what is not. There’s a reason some people love triathlons, some road running and other’s enjoy mountain biking. We are not all the same and that’s fine. Just like how some people love to race and others don’t.
I guess as I get older, more injury prone and under the depressing realization my days of potentially being the fastest are over – I’m becoming more comfortable with letting go of the guilt that comes with “missing a workout” or the need to keep that Strava segment. The idea of running for fun, biking for fun and sleeping in on Saturday is sounding better and better.
I’ve got one last race in a few weeks and then I’m done with any training rules. Here’s to a summer of camping, kayaking, riding and drinking some great IPA’s.