On request of a role model, turned coach, turned friend, I am writing this. Perhaps it will inspire those who are sitting on the fence about trying something new or motivate those who are already active.
Somewhere a cycling hobby turned into triathlons. I’ve always been able to finish on my own accord, although it hasn’t always been pretty. I don’t just get up and race. I used to, but not anymore.
I am pretty stubborn, don’t like to be told what to do, and I march to the beat of my own drum. There have been two people who really stand out in my triathlon career. They have been able to tell me what to do, and how to do it, and I’ll listen the first time with few questions asked.
One of these people challenged me to start training with a purpose. So 4 months ago I accepted. I focused. The goal, to round out my Ironman total to 12. Ironman Louisville August 24, Ironman Chattanooga September 28, and Ironman Florida November 1. 3 Ironmans. 3 months.
This challenge has called for some incredible life-balancing.
I am a wife, an Army wife at that
I am a mother
I have a real life, full time job
I am a coach, trainer, and mentor
I am race director
I am a friend
I am self confident and believe in my potential
I am an Ironman
I am focused
My new found focus has taken me on highs and lows. I have focused on quality over quantity. I have swam miles to nowhere in the pool, made friends with Cardiac hill on and off the bike, and run and rode under the cover of darkness.
The result? Speed has started to compliment endurance. Faster swim times, increased speed and power on the bike, and run times at paces I've never seen before. All put together has translated into an entirely different race and training mentality. I look forward to pushing myself, to sweating, and feeling the endorphin rush. Yes, there have been times when I've had self doubt, but that has quickly erased with firm words of affirmation of my potential.
I've had to make sacrifices. My house isn’t impeccable, but I know where everything is. I don’t cook every night, but we are pretty nutritionally sound. We vacation, sometimes to races but we spend time as a family. This is my passion, what makes me happy, relieves (and sometimes causes) stress. I am a firm believer everyone can be a triathlete, runner, cyclist, swimmer, or whatever they want to be. No matter how big or how small. It’s all about quality vs. quantity. Take a leap, you never know how it might change your life.