I admit to being a slack blogger of late, but there’s been quite a bit going on around my neck of the woods over the past few weeks and it is my intention to pick up the blogging a little bit more now that the dust has settled.
I have decided that I’m going through a complete (all aspects of my life) mid life crisis.
Mainly, I’ve been going through a career mid life crisis – after doing a spate of class covers, I decided that I had achieved everything I wanted out of teaching group fitness and last week I resigned from my position at Fitness First, after ten very happy years of teaching (and nearly 30 years of teaching group fitness overall). After initially feeling rather strange about it all, I’m now actually feeling a sense of relief – this decision had been a long time coming.
In the interim, I am doing some corporate work in the exercise science field, which has been enjoyable so far and I’m also doing some one to one coaching and planning for athletes/participants who are cycling and triathlon. If you would like some coaching in helping you prepare for an event, get in touch via the contact page.
In the long term though, I’m planning a complete career change and have already started looking at my options, including post graduate coursework. I am going to explore the journalism/writing route and see where that takes me as it has become obvious in the last year with the hamstring avulsion and subsequent recovery that I need to change my career approach to keep my body functioning well in the second half of my life.
It’s felt odd to be suddenly seeking change, to be suddenly demotivated by things that have motivated and inspired me for years and to be searching for something else. My good friend Mel, who is a real gun in the career world, told me that it is common for people to have up to five or more careers, which is reassuring – maybe these swirling “I need to change something” feelings are completely normal after all?
Whilst I’ve been trying to sort my life out, I’ve been chipping away at the Seven Week Strength Project – and even trialled out two runs in the past two weeks. I still have a long way to go with the running and Sunday’s upcoming Twilight Run will be more walk than run unfortunately. As part of my UQ Swim Squad membership, I have free gym access and I have been using my old undergraduate stomping ground for some gym work.
What hasn’t changed is that I’m riding my bike still and have been training with power, rather than heart rate, as building strength endurance is my goal. I had been having a bit of a dilemma about Mooloolaba Triathlon or UCI World Masters Cycling Champs qualifier in Perth in March – both are on the same day! Olympic distance triathlon or 143km road race? In the spirit of running with change, I feel that doing the triathlon is probably my best long term bet – if I can run 10km by March, then I will feel that my hamstring avulsion rehabilitation will be complete!
I would love to know if anyone else has undergone a bit of a mid life crisis. Originally I thought it was a bit of a furphy, but now that I’m older, it’s beginning to make a ton of sense.