So I DNF'd last weekend at IM Australia. Bummer. I had a lot of travel time and reflection this week as I took a coach down the east coast of OZ to Sydney, hopped on a flight to Aukland then into a rental car with my mom and drove the final 500 km to Napier. It got me to thinking about diversification. I've spent a lot of time and energy in the last year or so working out what I want from life. Training and triathlon is a big part of that... an outlet to keep me healthy and release my competitive urges. I've also be workingon getting my career back on track through trying to return tostudy and back to sustainable development which has always been my promary interest. But with a job in the city over the last 5 years, my personal practice of living sustainably - a small carbon footprint etc - has lost focus and wandered a bit.
So, I'm going to get back on track. I am going to work out how to reduce my ecologial impact, whilst being a triathlete to the best of my abilities and getting all I want out of life in general.
So the reason I've started this blog is to make me accountable. But its also to make me try to find solutions to athlete specific impacts. For example: is there a decent alternative to lycra (the majority of my kit has lycra in it) - ie a non-petroleum based fabric that works just as well?? What is the best way to offset the inevitable flights to races (recent evidence suggests planting tress to offset your carbon emissions from airtravel etc is best done in the tropics, not in temerate latitudes where new forest can actually act as a heat store... what's the right thing to do?)?
So I'm going to go about becoming a better athlete - one step at a time. Seeming as travel is big on my agenda at the moment, I'm going to look into carbon offsetting first...