Saint or Sinner…. To Party or Not

Yesterday I mentioned I am going away Thursday to Dragon*Con in downtown Atlanta.  Dragon*Con is basically one big non-stop four day event.  In my past trips I often did not sleep till very late, occasionally drank a little too much(don’t judge)  and ate terribly.  Things have changed though.  In six months I am doing my first triathlon.  In six months I want to be in the best shape of my life.  For the last four months I have toiled to build a strong base of endurance, becoming the fittest I have ever achieved.  So, how should I approach Dragon*Con … as a sinner or a saint?

I am thinking of aiming somewhere in between the two extremes.  Unlike any time in the past, my triathlon training is extremely important to me.  I do not want to set myself back because I got too sloppy and let myself go too much.  At the same time this is a once a year event that I just want to enjoy myself.  So I am going to have to remember the end goal and make some early decisions on how to handle certain situations and determine how to handle them before going.  I think I can let myself loose a little bit, but not let myself reach excesses.

So my list of pre-made decisions that will keep on track and still let me have a good time:

  • Alcohol is a different matter.  I rarely drink anymore as its empty calories and really does very little for me these days.  I figure I might have a beer or two and maybe a mixed drink or two, but I am going to aim to really limit the amount I drink.  This is really less of an issue for me than it used to be.
  • I am sure that sleep and bed will not happen as early as I have grown accustomed.  Aim for some and don’t fret too much on this.
  • Weights and workouts  pose a challenge.  The hotel offers some amenities  but I will probably have little time to use them as things are very busy during the day and nights.  I am not making an excuse on this, but con events go on late and start early.  Luckily this event is in 5 decently spaced hotels in downtown Atlanta, so that will provide a little bit of exercise.  I might swim on Thursday just because events don’t kick off til that evening and I have been curious to check out the Westin’s pool.
  • Diet is going to be a challenge. I don’t want to totally throw this out the window, but this will be the biggest challenge the whole event.  There are few healthy options so I might have to opt to eat as healthy as possible and allow maybe a couple of indulgence meals on occasion.  This will take a conscious effort and I might cave a little.
  • Drinking plenty of water is not an issue. I have always taken a few water bottles with me.
  • Need to frequently check blood pressure and blood sugar as I am just now getting these under control.
  • Have fun but always remember the costs associated with decisions.

So there is my list of what I will attempt to do.  By committing them to this blog I am now accountable. I am going to have fun, but not at the expense of all the hard work I have put into my training so far.  Thursday can’t get here soon enough! Til next time…



  1. You’ve made good choices on that list. Stay strong…you’ll make it.

    1. Just trying to go into it with a game plan, might make it easier.

  2. trikatykid · · Reply

    Haven’t heard from you… hope you didn’t succumb to the devil on your shoulder!

  3. I have the same dilemma when I go away with the girls, my theory is moderation, be better than you were last year, excerise each day for a little less guilt. Enjoy.

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