Ironman is not just about crossing the finish line, it’s about showing up at the starting line. The hardest part is committing to the training and efforts that lead up to big day. It’s the patience, hard work and commitment that brings a person far in their goals. If you want something in life you have to work for it but most importantly, you can’t give up when things get tough. Things aren’t always easy and the same tools I use through life obstacles I apply this week to Ironman. If you don’t have the right mindset you get yourself nowhere. The mind can limit you or drive you. Your choice.
The past few days I found myself contemplating two decisions.
1) give up
2) focus on what I can do and never give up
Since I usually pick option 2 this time around is no different. Focus on the what I can do and never give up. So I considered quitting. That alone makes me feel a little guilty. Guilty enough that I feel the need to acknowledge and write about it. Don’t get me wrong. I see nothing wrong with quitting when it comes to some things. When your goals and passions shift sometimes it is the right option. But this wasn’t just anything I considered quitting. I contemplated quitting something that I began less than a year ago and something I enjoy and love so much. Why did I consider quitting? Mostly just because of other things going on and other goals I also want to focus on.
I am still training but not nearly as hard as I intended to or should be. I could provide loads of excuses from work travel to 30 hour work shifts to so much more but at the end of the day I am still responsible for my commitment. If I plan to move forward there is absolutely no reason to dwell on the past which can not be changed, unless it is for a reason that is within my control to bring me to a better outcome. I know if I decided against Ironman Maryland I would always wonder what that day could have been like. Ironman teaches a lot of lessons and I know I need to stick through this to show up at the starting line. It’s important to enjoy the process but I don’t think you have to enjoy every single second of reaching your goals. Thanks to last night’s chats with a friend from triathlon club and a friend from IMMD I felt really motivated training today.
Life requires hard work, patience, discipline and dedication. I accept where I am today while I strive to better myself. The moment you want to quit is often the moment you need to keep pushing. I’ve had many opportunities to think and be told it wasn’t possible to achieve things I wanted to achieve but I know not to allow myself to think like that. We are often limited in life by our minds and thinking of our past instead of staying in the moment. When I focus of the past rather than the present opportunities I can’t be surprised when I mess things up. We can easily think about what’s to come and worry about how we will deal with it. You can give yourself a thousand reasons why something won’t work but if you can think of the one reason why it will work, you will find yourself doing what the mind believes…and the body will follow. I will remind myself every day to stay in the moment and focus on training plans day by day. Soon enough I will reach the starting line of 140.6 miles.
Don’t give up on something that means so much to you and work hard for what you want in life. Off to sleep and look forward to an early morning run.