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Be Calm.. Iron on…

By on August 21, 2012

I’m pretty excited that in just a few days I will be taking on my biggest race to date and my ultimate goal, the Ironman… It seems like this year has went by pretty fast and I can’t believe it’s all coming together. I remember when I was just preparing for my first half marathon. I’m packing things up, making my lists, and checking them twice LOL. I can’t wait to get home to see my family and friends. I do wish some of my “staple” friends could be there from New Orleans but it’s just too damn far, but I know they will be watching and waiting for me to cross that finish line. For the past couple of weeks I’ve been pretty nervous and scared shitless, but now I have an strange calm in my mind, and my heart. I feel like I am ready… I can honestly say there is no way I could have trained harder and I feel like I did my best this year to get ready and do it “right”. The only thing left now is to get out there and make it happen. I find my mind wandering into day dreams of the swim, the catch, the pull, deep breaths… I feel comfortable there now… I remember when the pool scared me to death and one lap felt like certain death… I see myself on the bike, steady peddling, not too hard, eating, drinking, being smart. I see the run, suffering… Complete suffering… I know it will come… I’m ready to confront that animal… I’m ready to hurt…

One year ago I was looking out on to this very lake, I live about 5 mins from it, and I remember thinking about what was ahead of me. The training, the commitment, the sacrifices that would come, the help I would need. I knew it would be a long road. I look back now and I know who my true friends are and I know who really “got it” and understood what was happening… Some did not… Some still do not… Unfortunately, they will never understand. Dreams come with a price, they come with sacrifice, they come with adversity, suffering, missing out on stuff, not having “stuff”, and knowing that the reward may be much bigger than we even expected. There is something out there waiting for each and every one of us, something that will define you to yourself, not to others, something that will shape you into your future self. The hardest part is not the finale… The hardest part is just starting, beginning the journey, saying “yes”, and never giving up, never stopping until it’s done, and never, never, never listening to those who try and stop you, the ones who doubt you… They will come… They will try… You will not let them…