When you take up a sport, one of the first things you do is pick up the gear you need. Not everything, just the basics. For running, that might just be a pair of shoes and some clothes to run in. For biking, well, you need a bike. Swimming, a swimming suit is crucial and goggles are a huge perk.
And as you get into the sport, you slowly acquire more and more gear. You get excited when you get your first swim cap from a race, and race t-shirts just mean that you have to do less laundry. Two bike helmets are better than one. What if someone else needs one?
But after a while, the stuff starts to multiply. No seriously, I’m pretty sure it’s breeding in my closet. I keep finding swim caps everywhere. I don’t race that much. I don’t know where they’re all coming from. And the race shirts… well, it might be time to pare those down. I keep saying I’m going to make a quilt (let’s be honest, I’m going to have someone make a quilt – I can’t sew). But again, it certainly saves on laundry.
Thankfully, I’m not yet the person with a collection of bikes. I would be, but you know, money. Had I not bought a car this summer, I would probably be buying a bike. Because, you know, the proper number of bikes is n+1, n being the number of bikes you currently have.
I have a bin in my office of things that need to go to Goodwill or other donation site and as I was packing stuff up over the weekend, I realized just how many pairs of running shoes are in there. Those need to go to a donation bin somewhere. Now that I’m not running 12+ half marathons a year, I’m going through fewer running shoes, which is a plus. Also, my Hokas seem to last me many more miles than my old Brooks shoes did.
Of course, I make it sound like all this gear accumulates through no fault of my own. That is an outright lie. While I HATE shopping for what I call normal clothes, I love shopping for fitness gear. I’m always looking for a great pair of goggles or a cute bike jersey on sale. I’m still on the hunt for the perfect bento box for my bike, so if anyone has any suggestions, let me know. I own multiple bags that I can probably pare down – two transition bags for races (one which is just too small), two swim bags, a swim gear bag… But my mother will attest that I have always loved bags. Pretty sure she feared I would grow up to be a bag lady. Instead, I work for the government. I’m not sure that’s better.
This summer, I need to corral all of my gear into one place, instead of the various places it’s stashed around the house. I need to take a look at what I have and start to pare down. Or at least stop accumulating more. It’s a process.