This really is a great question. For me the answer is easy and very simple, but one that took me a long while to learn about myself to the point where I could make the statements I describe below...<br><br>
YES, I could easily go back to life before triathlon.<br><br>
No, wait, I take that back. I could never go back, nor would I ever want to, but that doesn't mean triathlon for me is an end all, or that I'll be doing this any longer than a few more years, or that maybe I will do this for the rest of my life.<br><br>
Truth is, life for me has so many challenges to which I can get seriously motivated. Triathlon is that for me right now. Before triathlon is was exclusively marathons. Before that is was playing soccer. Before that cycling. Before that running marathons. Before that running. And before that -- now back in high school and college -- playing soccer.<br><br>
Triathlons are just the next thing on my list. I have reaped immense rewards from this amazing sport, and a part of me hopes to be doing this for a long time, maybe even life, but I know that when the day comes when I have feel I achieved what I wanted or at least be content with my place in the sport, or maybe its even burnout or the yearning to coach my kids' soccer teams or perhaps a new job with infinite open frontier, I will go through a year or two down -- but still running or playing ball or doing something active, as I am seriously addicted to pushing myself physcially -- and then re-engage somewhere else. This is what I do and who I am.<br><br>
I could never go back to before Triathlon, but that's not to say I will do this sport forever. I've always led an active life, and I've always been into sports and love pushing myself in that environment, so that will never go away. But if it does, it's okay because I know that I lock in very easily to things I find challenging and things that inspire to the point where I want to do well.<br><br>
One thing I could say is that for me triathlon came at an amazing point in my life. The life lessons I learned by being motivated to learn and even excel in this sport -- it helped me find love, discover self and friendship, and come to peace with long-standing problem points regarding family -- came at a time when I was mature enough to see them for what they were, but not so mature as to push them away, and I was eager to use them to make myself a better person. Had triathlon came years earlier, I may not have grown into the person I am, for I might have not been open to the lessons instilled.<br><br>
Either way, being submersed in triathlon has breathed new life into not only my running and marathoning, but also me as a person. I would never want to give that up, and the beauty is, I don't have to because it is now a part of my person, square in my bank called history. There will be a time when I move on to pursue other passions, and when I do I will always look back on the single biggest lesson I learned when facing challenges so steep that fear takes over. All I have to do is Set the challenge as a Goal, commit to the goal with my core, and then Make it Happen! There's nothing more to it. In sport and life.