|#1 fan pre race|
I guess I don't view what I did this past Sunday as awesome or impressive. I don't know what that thing was inside of me a few years ago that made me switch and want to give running and the sport of triathlon a try. I had watched my brother compete in a triathlon many many moons ago when I was probably in high school. I played field hockey, softball and sat the bench on the basketball team. I was an athlete at a young age and then I guess I forgot that. Races give me the opportunity to focus for the months leading up to it and truly change myself and tackle the challenge ahead. I am no more awesome or impressive or inspirational than anyone else that decides to try something hard...and that something does not need to be a physical thing.
Yes I have four kids, I have a part time job, I have a house that I am horrible at keeping clean, and a husband that is right beside me every step of the way. I have a supportive community around me pushing and encouraging all along the way. I have made many friends through this sport that have met me in less than ideal training conditions for a run, bike or swim. Every one of those people are equally awesome and impressive. Every one of them make the choice each day to push themselves, and stay the course. We have days that are easy, days that are near impossible, but at the end of the day each task is still completed.
The whole idea of endurance sports is still scary to me. I know that there is A LOT that goes into the training for these races. The awesome and impressive thing is not the completion of the races but the courage and determination to sign up, to train, and to commit yourself day in and day out for each day leading up to the event. Endurance sports are not something that you can just show up on race day and hope for the best. They require all the effort in the weeks leading up to race day to ensure both your mind and body that you can in fact complete this task.
|Heading out for the run...all 13.1 miles|
What is my point with all this...you don't need a trainer, a nutritionist, a tricked out bike or the fancy new fastest shoes on the market. Don't make a change for anyone but yourself but know that you have what it takes to change, you have the strength within you to be determined and focused and tackle any goal you put ahead of yourself. We are all just people trying to get by with a smile on our faces and fuel to light a passion within ourselves to make a difference. The first person you need to make a difference for is yourself.
embrace the suck...choose you...make a difference...do hard things