After taking much of the last 12-18 months off from serious training, I have had great success in my career and enjoyed the extra time with my family. However, the attraction of regaining the level of fitness I had a few years ago is pulling me back to training --and also back to running and triathlon events.
I am not trying to seek a sub 20 minute 5K, a BQ marathon, a fourth USAT Nationals qualification or even a sub 12 hour Ironman. Those are all great goals, and perhaps they will hit my goal list again some day. However, for now I am happy to be able to be healthy enough to do these events for completion and enjoyment, which reminds me exactly of myself in 2007-2011. Those were great years for me and I look forward to reconnecting with that lost portion of my history.
Perhaps one day I will again approach the form and fitness I had starting in 2012, and maybe then I might choose to go after those more aggressive goals again. Or maybe not--and that would be just fine as well. :-)