I honestly enjoyed listen to this episode with Cam. As a grad student working part time, I had to take my foot off the gas, especially after crashing and ending up with a concussion this year. Honestly, being a student, especially post-undergraduate studies, is extremely stressful, and it can be really hard to keep with training. It’s not uncommon for participation levels on the collegiate level to drop when people enter grad school. Being a grad student in endurance sports like triathlon or cycling can feel alienating and lonely, which can cause people to drop endurance sports entirely. In my personal experience, I’ve felt that training became more stressful rather than a stress-reliever several times in just a year and a half.
I have many friends and teammates who have gone through med school and many of them struggle to even find the time to just exercise a couple of hours a weeks, let alone follow a structured plan. On top of that, people don’t realize that doctor’s don’t earn much during residency and have to deal with massive student loans ($120k+) for over a decade while making low-pay (relative to other post-grad studies). I commend Cam for sharing his story and experiences with all of us. It inspired me and gave me ideas of how to balance my own training and recovery as a grad student.
The most important takeaway from this entire series is that we all have our trials and challenges that we go through on a daily basis. If you are able to glean just one lesson from another person’s story of success and growth, and apply it to your own experiences, the podcast is doing its job and it’s fantastic! Even if you don’t learn anything, it’s still cool to hear how other people succeed in their endeavors. And if you didn’t connect with the story, that’s cool, too, but don’t bash the podcast or the interviewees for not providing content to connect with every person, every single time.