I’ve mentioned before that I was not an athletic kid and running and triathlon is something that I’ve discovered later on in life. It is amazing how something that I hated so much has now become such a big part of my life.
I ride my bike because it allows me to see the beauty around me, just at a faster speed than by running. I ride because there is something so gratifying about making it to the top of a big climb and knowing that it was your own strength and mental tenacity that got you to the top.
I swim because there can be something peaceful about being alone with your thoughts and gliding through the water. I swim because on those days when everything clicks and you can really feel your pull in the water you start to feel like you might actually be getting it! I’ve also had a chance to swim in some pretty awesome pools as well. The Bondi Iceberg Club in Sydney was just amazing!
I often think about what it is that draws me back to Ironman. There is no feeling in the world like the cheers you get from all of the spectators on race day. Crossing the finish line of an Ironman has to be one of the most gratifying and sweetest feelings. You push your body to the absolute limit…you question whether you can go on…and when you are finally done you forget how much it all hurt as you raise your arms in triumph.
I also keep coming back to Ironman because I believe it is a riddle I have not solved yet. I feel like I have so many opportunities for improvement…from improving my nutrition and pacing on the bike, to figuring out how to run that marathon at the end of the day to figuring out the mental tricks I need in my toolbag to keep moving forward. I think a lot about that next Ironman and how my goal for this year ties into it. Having that drive to improve, to get faster, to push myself just a little bit harder is what gets me out the door.