I love these quotable cards. You can always find something to sum up where your mind is. Right now? I’m working on consistency and believing in my goals.
I met up with one of my most favorite people yesterday – Andrew Johnston with Triumph Training – and we worked on goal setting. An hour of discussion, and I feel like I’ve turned a 180. I’ve had a lot of hesitancy and uncertainty on where I go from here, and I’m not feeling that any longer. Because I’ve looked him square in the eye and said it out loud. Breathed life into one of my biggest dreams and a goal that I am choosing to focus on and make happen.
I will finish an Ironman in under 17 hours.
Consistency is the word of the day (and the next few months)! I’m working towards consistency in several areas, my workouts being number one, and my blogging being number two. I find that I tend to put off writing because I want to have the post written perfectly in my head, and so I end up avoiding it because it’s not perfect. But the whole point of blogging is capturing where your head is in the day to day, right?
Our biggest challenge isn’t someone else. It’s the ache in your lungs. The burning in your legs. And that voice in your head that yells “CAN’T,” but you don’t listen. You just push harder. And then you hear that voice whisper, “can” and you discover that the person you thought you were is no match for the person you really are.
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After a long week of many obligations, we headed on a short trip out of town on Saturday to Tallahassee for a football game. I haven’t been to see the ‘Noles play in a very very long time (too long, I’d forgotten how to get around town)! We rolled into town around 2PM and I gave a drive by tour of my freshman dorm, the fountain outside Ruby Diamond auditorium, the cable office where I worked, and a few of my other favorite spots (including Po Boys and the old Loop restaurant). Headed to Bills Bookstore to pick up some FSU shirts to tide me over, and then headed to park near the Stadium. We had awesome seats and watched a great game against Boston College (w. 51-7). Hustled out of there and drove to Tifton, GA and then headed home this morning.
Many of you know that October is breast cancer awareness month, and it’s marked by a tremendous showing of the color pink. Pink ribbons, football players wearing pink, pink kitchen appliances, pink shoes, pink clothing, and even pink dump trucks (I saw that one on the news). This is awesome. I have family members and friends who have fought breast cancer, and awareness and treatment is made possible by these initiatives. I’ve walked in the Avon Breast Cancer 3 Day, and given money to several charities to fund research and treatment. I wholly support spreading awareness, participation and fundraising (specifically, fundraising done by agencies without political or religious undertones).
I’ve been frustrated recently, and unfortunately, my Facebook friends were on the receiving end of an unfocused, drive-by rant. Hey, it happens! I posted that I was tired of seeing pink mixers, I wanted to see a cure.
My frustration isn’t really about the pink mixer, or the pink yogurt, or the pink dump truck. So please don’t take this post as a bashing of pink awareness and fundraising for breast cancer research. My frustration has grown from a place of feeling completely helpless about cancer.
October 2, 2012 is LIVESTRONG DAY. It’s meant to be a day of support for cancer survivors. But really, there is not a single day that goes by that I don’t think about cancer. Before last year, I knew too many people who have been diagnosed and are cancer survivors, or lost their battle, or have lost family or friends to this awful disease. And in the last year and a half, it’s affected me on an extremely close level with the person that I love most in this entire world. The fact is, it can happen to anyone, and to any family and leave you feeling pretty angry and powerless.
Anyone who knows me knows that I am obsessed with motivational anything, particularly clothing. And if it’s triathlon or workout specific, even better. I used to peruse race expos looking for fun stuff, and back when I ran my first marathon, there really wasn’t much out there. In fact, I made my first 26.2 shirt at a heat press shop in Atlanta because I couldn’t find anything to wear to show off after my accomplishment.
I put together a few things to help keep me motivated through winter as I get back to training. And I pretty much live in sporty clothes and spandex on the weekends.
As I return to training, my biggest focus has been on developing goals for the next few months. My goals should each be SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Time-Bound). In the past, many of my goals have centered around a particular race. And much of the time, it was just to finish. Which was awesome, but since it’s getting into the off-season, I’m thinking about the kind of training I’m going to be doing, as well as where I am right now. And so, I’ve come up with a few “simple” goals (I suppose this is all relative, since these didn’t feel simple over the last year and a half as I struggled to motivate) to tackle over the next 3 months.
I’ve really been focusing on how I can start to change ingrained habits after reading The Power of Habit. Let’s be honest. Anyone who knows me knows that I’m not a morning person unless I’m forced to be (i.e. client call). I’m certainly NOT a morning person when it comes to workouts. But based on my schedule, it’s really the best time of day to make it happen. Sooo…step #1 was morning swim with Blue Iron Coaching. I’m on week 3 of 2x a week morning swims and it’s going well so far. Sometimes it requires being booted out of bed, but it feels like it’s getting easier (the getting to swim part…working on not feeling like I’m going to die from the actual 2000+meters part).