“I could never do a triathlon.” It is unbelievable how often people tell me this when they find out what I do. My response is always to ask these three questions: can you float, can you ride a bike, and can you walk?
Then you can do a triathlon.
…then they ask me what kind of training I do. Their reply is usually to inform me that I’m crazy, a beast, or a combination of the two. It’s one of the reasons that I don’t like to tell people what my training consists of. What is sometimes difficult to understand is that I have worked to get to this level, day after day, week after week, training consistently consistent.
It’s really that simple. Just like with any sport or endeavor in life, you don’t get what you want, you get what you work for. I am 110% motivated and determined to reach my goals. That doesn’t mean that it’s always easy to roll myself out of bed when the alarm starts buzzing at 5 a.m. (or earlier). What helps is that I absolutely love what I do. Sure it stinks hauling myself to the track and doing 10x600m repeats by myself, but let me tell you, even if the workout doesn’t go as well as I want it to, I have never regretted getting out there. What I have regretted, is turning off the alarm and lying back down with the knowledge that some girl out there did get up, did her workout, and is that much closer to my same dream.
In that case my motivation is competition, and for the days I have intense workouts it works perfectly, but for the easy or recovery days I just go out and have fun. I like to remind myself why I’m outside, enjoying the fresh air seeing rabbits or lizards run across the road. Catching the first rays of the sunrise and working my muscles to stay fit and healthy. The point that I am trying to make is to give triathlon a try. You don’t have to be the fastest (craziest) guy or gal out there to have a good time. Get back to the basics and remember that the whole point is to have fun and maybe reap some awesome health and fitness benefits in the process!
On a more serious note. Today I will be holding a small memorial service for the little lizard I found outside the laundry room. My prayers are with his family as their main fly catcher will be laid to rest in the gravel next to the garden. Rest in peace little lizard.