I’m so amazed at the outpouring of love and support from you after my triathlon post. It was amazing to accomplish one of my biggest fitness goals and have that kind of reaction.I read each comment, tweet and email and they all made me feel even prouder of myself. Thank you so much!
Several people also told me that my doing so inspired them and they’ve decided to start training for a run or tri themselves. That’s really awesome.
I guess it was kind of inspiring, wasn’t it? I certainly inspired myself. To be honest I wasn’t sure about my ability to finish or accomplish my goals for the race. I was somewhat optimistic but at the same time the negative part of my brain kept popping up. It kept saying things like “You still way over 200 lbs!” and “Your mile pace is 15 minutes!” and “You didn’t train enough!” Those negative thoughts popped into my head a lot before the race when I would get anxious but in the end I overcame them and finished the race. I’m inspired by my own ability to compete a triathlon with 200+ lbs and 15 minute miles and plenty of nagging self-doubt. That’s a pretty awesome accomplishment.
Almost as soon as I crossed the finish line I was thinking about the next tri in April. I was thinking about how I can lose more weight so I’m faster and more efficient. I was thinking about how I can improve my training now that I know what an event is really like. I was thinking about how I can be better. I’m already planning how I will improve and how I will do better next time. I truly inspired myself.
Since I finished the race and accomplished my big goal I’ve been thinking about what’s next. It’s only January and I’ve already done something huge! I still have a lot to accomplish this year.
My remaining fitness goals in 2011 are:
- complete the second TriWoman Series Tri at Pt Chev in April
- complete a sprint triathlon (still looking for the right one… thinking somewhere in the US in Aug/Sep/Oct…suggestions?)
- complete a 5k
- ride 2011 miles on my bike
I’m looking forward to accomplishing all of those things this year. I’ve had a lot of fitness goals in the past that have been on my list for a long time and never been accomplished. But I’m finally starting to knock things off the list and I realize that all of these things are achievable this year. It’s really awesome to set a goal and achieve it because then you realize all your other goals are just as achievable with a little hard work.
Now I have something to look back on when I’m having a rough day. When I’m getting down on myself or my achievements I can always look back at my first triathlon. I can remember that despite everything I did it and I did it pretty well. That means I can do anything. I’m inspired.