I am training for a half-ironman. It’s hard. Recently, I had the opportunity to train on Lake Travis in Austin, Texas. A rain storm was off in the distance which made the water feel like ocean waves and I wanted to see how far I could swim in the choppy waters. It was mentally challenging. Each time I felt like I made progress, a wave would come along and push me back. And yes, that was a literal splash-in-the-face metaphor for what I’m about to do.
Triathlons consume your life. Your waking hours are spent training, thinking about training or thinking about what your eating in relation to training. When you push that hard, something always pushes back: your feet, your shoulder or that pizza crazing that finally wins. Training is hard.
And I want to do it again…only more. After 5 sprint triathlons, I quit training and I gained weight. I lost 3 good friends to cancer, lost my dream job, turned 50, and gained more weight. I’ve dreamed of doing a half-ironman triathlon since I first got into the sport. Now, here I am and on my first day of training, the training pushed back. So I pushed harder. That is the key. You can’t let a few waves knock you down. I have to remember that. Training for the 70.3 means to push when you’re down, to keep going even when you’re mentally and physically exhausted.
I’m do this for myself because I want the challenge and I want to be healthy and fit again (it just feels really good) and I want others to join me! Maybe do a sprint triathlon (the Rookie Tri in Austin is a good start). Maybe you’re a seasoned runner or cycling guru who needs a little work on your swim so you go for the Olympic or 70.3! Whatever your fitness level, I hope you’ll join me!