Why did I pay money for the opportunity to put my mind and body through an exhausting challenge like the Ironman 70.3? It was an extremely difficult combination of swimming, riding and running through the beautiful rolling hills of Napa Valley. I was able to finish in just over 7 hours. Why did I do it?
There are two primary reasons:
Reason #1 – To prove to myself that I have no limits. My successes and failures in endurance events over the last 4 years have taught me that anything can be conquered… even by a slightly overweight, 51-year old marketing manager. I am not a naturally gifted athlete or born special in any way. I barely made the soccer team in high school. I’ve learned that accomplishing athletic goals takes decisiveness, discipline and determination. And this formula has carried over into my career and non-profit fundraising work as well.
Reason #2 – To prove to you that you have no limits. That’s right I’m talking to you. It doesn’t matter what level you are at right now. There is another level you can reach. Since I have started writing about my adventures and sharing results in Facebook ad nauseum, several of you have reached out to me with private messages asking for advice. I am always happy to share everything I know and help my friends get off the couch. And I love it when you finally knock out all the excuses and go after a healthier life.
During the triathlon yesterday, I chatted with a fellow rider named Patricia Bell. She’s the full-time mother of 4 kids between the ages of 2 and 8. I asked her how she could possibly fit in enough training to do the Ironman 70.3. She has 2 kids in school and 2 that she takes to the day care at the gym during her daily workout. It’s hard but she makes it work. Most importantly, she had that same spark of determination that I have found in myself.
Decisions we make in life determine what we do in life. I will continue to set new goals to prove that most limits are self-imposed and artificial. Think about it. If a guy like me can do it, couldn’t you do it too?