Then and Now

Fact #1: Physical health influences mental and emotional health.

Fact #2: Action expresses priorities.

My passions have always included active things.  Although it’s weird to say it, food can be addictive. And for a while, I really was addicted!  I don’t mean a dozen krispy kremes on my gut with my feet up and the remote in my hand. I mean waking up and way over thinking when and where I was going to eat next.

Thirty pounds later I found myself just not feeling like myself anymore!

I signed up for a race and painfully discovered what I already knew but didn’t want to admit. That is, although one of the best motivators, just because you sign up for a race doesn’t mean you’re going to lose weight and get in shape. Just ask the people who stopped to check on me while puking my guts out only a few hundred yards into the 15 mile bike course.

Disappointed for not getting the results that I didn’t work for I signed up for three additional triathlons for a total of four in five weeks (three sprint distance, 1 Olympic).

Passion Rekindled?  Check. But a long road ahead.

Over the past several months I’ve lost 30 pounds and 14.75 inches. I have what’s considered to be a normal/healthy BMI again, but it’s not about a about a number on a scale, it’s about being the best possible version of yourself…and I know I can still be better and do better! 

The truth is, I don’t remember the first time I heard about the Ironman Triathlon, however it struck me that what those people were doing was impossible, dumb, and stupid, but above all, inspiring.

What if it really is possible? A 2.4 mile swim followed by a 112 mile bike followed by a marathon (26.2 miles) all by one person in one day! And if you don’t finish by midnight, they will either 1 – pull you off the course or 2 – even if you make it to the finish line you won’t be recognized as and official finisher!

So here I am!  My head says it’s possible…right?  Because it’s been done before.. right? While at the same time my heart says…I can do it! Followed by.. I can right?

So that is what I’m going to find out.

I’m not trying to be the fastest or the best or toot my own horn, but at least once in your lifetime you need to do something you didn’t think you could do.

With that said, the big goal for 2014 Half Ironman Boise on June 7th.  Then the big show, Ironman Coeur d’ Alene in June 2015. (**UPDATE** 70.3 Lake Tahoe on Sept 21st and the full Ironman in Boulder, CO August 2, 2015)

No excuses, no regrets!


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