What is it that you aspire to do this year? I’m not talking about a New Year’s Resolution. What I’m talking about is something bigger, something that you’ve always wanted to do and have just been waiting for the right time to go for it.
A few years ago, I was lucky enough (yes, lucky enough) to receive a qualifying slot for the IRONMAN World Championship. Until that day in St. Croix, when I received a re-allocated slot for the mother of all IRONMAN races, I had never aspired to do one.
I knew it would require a huge commitment to do it well. The training time and investment, financially and mentally, was more than I felt capable of giving. I needed to invest a handful of years to prepare for the IRONMAN without short changing myself or the athletes I coached. If you’ve spent any time around me, you know that halfway isn’t acceptable. If I’m going to do something, it’s going to be done to the very best of my ability and quite honestly, doing anything halfway is bullshit.
Crossing the IRONMAN World Championship finish line was a once in a lifetime experience. It’s been over two years and I haven’t once felt the pull to return to IRONMAN mode. Training, and racing, for triathlons is very much a piece of me, but making a commitment to swim 2.4 miles, bike 112 miles, and run 26.2 miles in one day takes commitment to a whole new level. Some triathletes can rip off several “Fulls” in one season, or at least one a year. I haven’t wanted to until now. Two years has been long enough and the time is right. What once was never an aspiration of mine is now pulling me back to the days of long solo training rides with the intent of crossing the IRONMAN finish line. This time, the finish line will be at IRONMAN Mont-Tremblant on August 20th, 2017.
So there it is; I’ve written it down, delivered it in a blog, and let you in on one of my biggest and most ambitious goals. Crossing the finish line in good health and with a smile on my face should be enough of a goal. And yet, there’s this: