2016: The Year of the Anti-Resolution February 01 2016

I'm not big on New Year's resolutions. There's so much pressure when the New Year arrives to set all of these goals and then tell yourself you have to achieve them. 

Goals are great, but they can feel daunting and lofty. I believe we can take some of the pressure off of ourselves by focusing more on the execution—the much smaller, incremental steps it takes to achieve them. Many endurance athletes find that while they are training for an ultra or an Ironman, they have to slow down their excitement. Many pros and savvy age groupers might have a goal of going to Kona with a two or three-year plan for achieving it.

Naturally, it’s important to put in the training to be able to race that distance. But during training, and especially during the race itself, it comes down to putting one foot in front of the other, adhering to the optimal technique and form, focusing on climbing that next big hill, or just getting through the swim. 

That's how I look at the New Year. I plan my season—or even the next several years—and then think about how I’ll get there. I take it one training session at a time, and during each session, I take it one lap at a time. Most importantly, I recognize that I do have a goal and a burning desire to achieve it, and while having a plan is helpful, I need to adjust that plan as life happens (injuries, changes in family circumstances, career demands, etc.).

This is a mindset shift for a lot of us. I know it was for me. When you’re younger, you can check off the boxes: Turn in all your homework—check. Get good grades—check. Make the team—check. Adulthood is more complicated, and so are endurance sports. You don’t need a checklist as much as you need to shift your thinking to focus on the journey—each step, each lap, each mile, each event.

The Carrier is designed to support this approach, allowing you to take a methodical, meditative attitude toward packing your gear. A place for everything (even four water bottles), and everything in its place (even wet swim gear or sweaty, stinky bike shorts).

In 2016, I'd like to Story38 Alliance to represent the anti-New Year’s resolution. Don’t buy The Carrier to help you reach your goal—buy it to help yourself get to training more easily, or to pack more quickly, so you have more time to sleep or enjoy a meal.

Thank you for your support in 2015. We’re so grateful to our Kickstarter backers and our customers, who took a vote of confidence in our product and our company.

2015 was The Carrier’s first official racing season, and as the 2016 season begins, I want to share my goal. In 2012 I raced my very first half Ironman, Honu. While I’ve raced an Ironman this year, too, my goal is to return to Honu. Even though I’m four years older, I plan to shave off some time to PR. It’s a lofty goal, but now that I’ve set it, I’m now focusing on taking it one lap at a time. See you out there.