noun: serious thought about one's character and actions.
Not many people take the time to do this. I will admit, I’m one of those people. I wake up, train, get to work, and then it’s suddenly 5pm and I’m on my way home to do some more training. And then repeat the next day.
Don’t get me wrong, I love the training – this isn’t a blog to complain about how cyclical my life is at the moment! Instead, this is a blog about how I’m getting out of that endless cycle of train, work, eat, sleep, repeat!
I recently competed in the European Triathlon Championships 2020 Qualifiers. The 7 hours of driving it took to get there gave me a lot of time to listen to good music, mindlessly scroll through social media and angrily moan from the passenger seat at the people who were sitting in the middle lane going slower than I could cycle (seriously if this is you, please just MOVE OVER!)
It was a fantastic race - barring the fact that it was an evening race - and the volunteer marshals were nothing but welcoming and encouraging, even after spending the whole day setting up and then directing the competitors.
I came away first in my age group and a ticket to the European Triathlon Championships 2020!
It wasn’t until I got back in the car for a long drive home that I realised this season is almost over. I am now down to my last two races of the year: the World Triathlon Championships in August and the National Aquathlon Championships in September. Then I’m done. Just like that, I’m back to the long winter training sessions and having to put at least three layers of clothing on for each session.
Self-reflection. Nothing like a long drive home and a realisation of the speed this year has gone for you to look back at what you have achieved.
My sporting endeavours have again surprised me this year – going into a new age group, I had no idea what to expect from myself or the other people I would race against. But I managed to hold my own this year and can only say I will be better and stronger for next year!
But outside of sport, I haven’t done anything to progress myself as a person. I have been stuck in a cycle, without even realising it.
I heard a quote a little while ago: “You need to live a better day tomorrow. You need to live a day worth writing about”. Now, quotes don’t usually have a big effect on me; where people feel inspired by them, I normally just see words strung together in a sentence.
But this one stuck with me. It made me think, what had I done that is worth writing about outside of sports? If I was told to write every day of this year in a book, what would I fill it with?
I came up blank, and that frustrated me.
So, I’ve done something that I had probably, subconsciously, known was the right thing for me for a while: I’ve started my Level 4 Gym Instructor and Personal Trainer course!
Over the next few months, I will qualify in:
I know, throwing myself in the deep end with this one! But why start small when I had the opportunity to do it all at once!
Not only is this going to help my future clients, but it is also going to help me. There’s no limit to the amount of knowledge one can acquire, and when your main hobby consists of not one but three sports, there is a lot to learn and improve on!
I am really looking forward to starting my studying and getting my qualification. I will be showing my progress, as well as my sporting journey, on my Instagram: @kieratippett.
Self-reflection. A small task that produces some amazing realisations!
What are you filling your life-book with?