My big challenge for 2014

One of my challenges this year is to complete Ironman on Saturday the 1st of March. For those of you who don’t know what Ironman is, brace yourself, it is a 3.8km swim, followed by a 180km cycle and then finished off with a 42.2km run.

So an Ironman is not for the faint-hearted. It is actually for those that are a little insane and those that like to set goals that are so big they are scared by them.

Why I enter events

I grew up being a swimmer and in my adult years I got into running. I was never any good or very fast but it kept me fit and helped me not put on weight. Well, more likely, helped me justify my love of cakes and desserts.

I have run a few half marathons and didn’t really enjoy them. I never trained enough sessions or for long enough time frame so have found them ok to start with and then at around 15km I had had enough. I could always be found saying afterwards, never again!

In 2012, I forgot this rule and signed up to do my first marathon. I joined a local running club, Lakecity Athletics and found out the fun of running with a group that has a common goal. It is such a great distraction to talk to others while running. I wouldn’t be looking at my watch all the time and I wouldn’t notice my puffing so much.

I have run a marathon twice now and I didn’t really enjoy them either. So now I’m wondering why I do this to myself? The answer is I am not just about the end goal. I benefit from the journey and the learning along the way.

What I have learned from running

These types of goals are not just about the event day, they are about many steps that grow over time to deliver you to the finish. It is all about following those steps in order, to get you to the end.

For my running history something has always gone wrong toward the end, mainly injury and then I miss some of the final crucial steps. But I’m still signed up to the challenge so still run at the event. I guess that is why I keep going back for more so I get it right eventually. Maybe some day I will.

Have you done any event where you have had the perfect day?

Or have you had a not so perfect lead up like me?

Please leave your comments below, I’d love to hear your story.

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