Father’s Day Edition- with Greg Pearson
I’m Greg. Dad, endurance athlete, and running coach.
Personally, I’ve never had a problem with drinking. Truth be told, I don’t like the taste of 90% of alcoholic drinks, and that’s coming from a Yorkshireman - someone who should, perhaps stereotypically, enjoy a good pale ale or two. But I just don’t like it. You know when you take a shot of tequila and you grimace at the strength of the stuff as you swallow? That's how I feel with every sip of a drink (exaggerating a little).
Now, that’s not to say I won’t have a drink with family at Christmas. It means drinking doesn’t fit with my current lifestyle.
Two years ago when my partner, Jordanna, was pregnant, I made sure I was available and on the ball 100% of the time. We don’t have any family in Australia as we’re both originally from overseas (UK & Canada), so I’m the first and only point of contact at any given time. Alongside my dislike for alcohol, I saw drinking as having a negative impact on my ability to be alert when I needed to be.
At that time, I was developing a keen interest and passion for competing in endurance sports such as Ironman, Marathons, and trail running. As a dad, alongside work, being a running coach, and endurance athlete, I can’t afford to waste time being hungover. I feel hungover after a rough night sleep having been up all night with my daughter, never mind because I’ve been drinking the night before. I’m sure a lot of parents can relate!
Being a dad means that ’time’ is super precious. I spend a lot of time with my daughter, because I want to. But being a dad also means there’s a constant daily cycle of nappy changes, bedtimes, bath times, meal times, bottle feeds, washing, cleaning, tidying, consoling, playing and adventures. In that sense, the ‘free’ time I have is minimal and so I need to make sure I’m as efficient as possible away from family life. Drinking doesn’t make it into my list of priorities when I’m structuring my week.
I prefer getting up at 4am on a Saturday morning for a 20km trail run to see cool shit and test myself. I know that’s not for everyone - that’s just how I am.
If drinking works for you, great. If you don’t want to drink, great. You do you.