Less than one month until my first Ironman race.
Six months ago… even four months ago it was easy to be confident. Surprisingly, that was even before most of my training was in the bank. I had completed a 2 mile swim… I’ve bike centuries and Double-Centuries many times in the past, and I had run a marathon. (Of course none of this was on the SAME DAY.) Now with just one month to go until race day… I’m in much better shape with so many miles under my belt, but the nerves of the “unknown” of race day creep in easily. Perhaps the reason is because I’ve gone through this process of working my body physically and mentally to exhaustion for weeks and weeks. My emotions are on the surface.
I’m not fast. I’m not perfectly fit either. Why attempt an Ironman at all? To answer the question “why”, I’d say that Ironman is my “Everest”. Ironman is my way of saying “I’m not afraid”. Ironman is my way of saying: you can look at me and judge me on my body-type if you like, but I will EXCEED EXPECTATIONS. I’m not braggy or boastful, I’m quiet and seldom toot my own horn (in fact most people don’t even know I’m doing an Ironman), but I have put A LOT of blood, sweat and tears into this endeavor. (Okay, there was no blood, thank goodness.)
Sometimes you have to try and KEEP TRYING to succeed at something. Rarely can someone take on something difficult and master it on the first try. In our “instant-gratification” society, we tend to forget the value of working for something.
Case-in-point, Diana Nyad and her attempt to swim from Cuba to Florida. She tried 4 times and failed 4 times. Failed. With each failure, she learned something new… and on the 5th try, she succeeded. She never gave up.
Talking with my 13 year old daughter the other day, we discussed this subject. The things we want to achieve in life are hard, but worth working on. And if you’re passionate about something… you have to DO THE WORK.
I’ve done the work… but will it be enough?