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Lets meet up!!
We'll be at the Athlete Banquet - Find me! Text me and we'll sit together!
Well it's funny how goals progress over time. Originally I started with 'just wanting to finish'. I looked up the race results of the people who came dead last and started training to ensure I could meet the same pace as those people. I just wanted to finish. 16:59:59 was fine for me.
In time I realized I was capable of more, and after meeting some real life Ironman I set my goal ahead of their time as friendly competition helps motivate me. I reset my goal to 15:00hrs and worked hard to make sure I could do it.
It seemed every few weeks I would subtract an hour off of said goal. My confidence soared, ego grew, head swelled and in no time I was winning the race in my mind. Well not exactly, but I may as well have been in my little world lol. Thats what tuner races are for ;) They help reset those goals back down to reality. I dream big. haha!
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So after much consideration I realized that I was actually chasing the same thing all along, I just didn't realize it at the time. My goal was never 16:59:59. My goal was the journey.
It was never about the race. It was about the journey.
I have already met my goal. I have already won.
40 weeks of perfect training.
40 weeks of losing weight, sticking to a plan, getting fit.
40 weeks of meticulous routine, commitment and hard work.
40 weeks of thoughtful balance, co-operation, team-work and quality time with my Wife and Family.
40 Weeks and I am a better person for it. Hard. Strong. Humble.
My journey is near complete, but I have already met the goal I set out on.
Sure anyone can just sign up for an Ironman and show up to the starting line and suffer, but it takes a special commitment to execute a hefty training plan yet balance life at the same time.
With 400hrs of training under my belt, there is only 17hrs to reach the end.
No matter what happens in the next 17hrs, there is nothing that can take away from me what the last 400hrs have done to make me the person I am today. Ironman has become a lifestyle for me, not an end game.
So having said that, what would I like to see on Sunday? Lots of factors, lots of guess work but here is what I have in mind in order of weight:
1) Dream Goal - I will reveal this after the race.
2) Run Entire Marathon minus aid stations
3) Finish ahead of friends
4) Give. It. Everything. I. Have.
5) Finish under 16:59:59
I don't care where I place. I go to IMLP knowing that I will be amongst some of the super-fit athletes of the world, I have no dellusions as to where I stand in the rankings. :) I do however have a few key people that I have used as friendly motivators throughout my training. I would like to finish ahead of them, this makes it fun for me. Also I would like to finish the whole marathon running. This is important to me, I would rather go an extra 45 minutes slower on the bike if it means being able to shuffle the entire marathon. This is very important to me, if I can execute the race in such a fashion that I ran the majority of the run then I know I have done something right. I just want to do it right. If I cannot run the whole thing, then I will go at a pace of my time and chosing that gets me across the line after having commited every last ounce of energy and willpower to get me there. Knowing I gave everything I have - means everything. Lastly, I just want to finish. Nothing will stop me from finishing. I will go the distance. No. Matter. What.
Good luck to everyone!
Who have I forgotten below? I am trying to make contact list to keep in touch and follow you on race day! Bib, name, blog, name, bike, twitter
#918 Jon (SWiCycloRun) Leonard Campbell - Blue P2 Cervelo @vrljc
#137 Jill Agresta(Simply Tri) – Pink Quinta Roo @JPow21
#312 Mandy Farrar(Caratunk Girl) – Hot Kestrel @caratunkgirl
#1529 Rodney(Road to Ironman) – Red White P2 @rbuike
#2213 Bryan Payne(Training Payne) @tri_bry
#2106 Simon Cross(TriTwins) @tritwins
#? Emily(Sweat once a day) @emilysweats
#? DRog (DR Tri’ing for Iron)