Do you have regrets?

cslewisDo you have regrets? What do you do with them? Do you dwell on them or do you learn from them and move on? I am a firm believer that you are not living life to the fullest if you do not experience some form of regret at some point.  I think having regrets from choices made really helps you to focus on what you want and what is important.  Sometimes the choices we make are easy and some are not.

It was 8:14pm on June 8th and I was standing in front of the 70.3 World Championship Allocation table in Boise, Idaho.  I had earned my spot to race at the 70.3 World Championships and I had to decide by 8:15pm if I was going to claim my spot or let it roll down.  I had been standing there torturing myself with making a decision.  My heart was saying yes but my head was saying no.  The clock rolled to 8:15pm and I let the woman with the list walk away.  I had this sinking feeling in my stomach.  I was not sure if I made the right choice.  I immediately felt regret and it built for a few hours until I got a grip and told myself to let it go.

I have only been racing triathlons for 16 months and still feel like such a newbie.   Last year, I started with a sprint triathlon and raced sprint and olympic distance races until my first ½ Iron distance race in October and my first full Ironman in November.  This year I started out with 2 major Ultra distance running races and dove right into racing ½ Ironmans.  Boise 70.3 was my 3rd ½ Ironman this year and considering the rest of my race schedule, I was candidly wondering if I could handle the load of doing ½ Iron World Championships in Vegas in September before Kona in October and IMAZ in November.  At the time I was unsure, now I know I would have been fine.  I may not have been able to “race” all three but I could have participated and enjoyed the experience.  I am super proud of myself for qualifying for both ½ Iron and full Iron distance World Championships in my first 1.5yrs of racing.

I could spin this story of regret many different ways.  There are arguments that support both sides of participating or not participating in both ½ Ironman World Championships and Ironman World Championships.  There are many pros that do it, but they have very unique lifestyles.  They are not taking care of 3 little kids, a husband, and running a business.  My lifestyle is very full and I have to take into account all things.  Point is, I regret not following my heart and taking my slot.  However, now I can really focus on being well prepared for Kona and having enough gas in the tank to have a good race for Ironman Arizona.  I choose to not dwell on regret but fuel my fire with desire to do well at Kona and have a great time on my home turf for IMAZ.  Once those are over I will have a new focus of qualifying for 70.3 World Championships in 2014.

In life, if you make a choice that you regret, you will find a silver lining in that choice, you may have to look for it but it is there.  Don’t be a prisoner to your regrets, learn from them and why you made the choices you made and move on.

Happy training.


About sherianne

For those of you who don’t know me, my name is SheriAnne Nelson and I am happily married to my husband Mike. I’m a mother of three beautiful children ages 9, almost 6, and 3, am a passionate fitness professional, and a Star Diamond Level fitness coach within the Team Beachbody program in Scottsdale, Arizona.

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