“Know Thine Own Self…”
This is what has been rolling around in my head for the past few weeks. I decided a few weeks ago that I am going to do the Ironman next year. Not only do I want to complete it, I want to finish in under 12 hours. The past few years I have dabbled with the idea of “someday,” but seeing my mom die so suddenly this summer and my 25-year-old brother suffering a stroke just 2 days later, I was acutely reminded that someday isn’t guaranteed.
This is a big step for me. If you have been following me at all for the past 10 years, you know I have been VERY anti cardio and long distance activities and have very little background in it. Side note: I still don’t believe it is the best way to lose fat and tone up; strength training, interval training, and healthy eating is still best for that.
Some of you know also that I really HATE the water. I am really good laying by the pool getting a tan or sitting in a boat watching others jump in but me getting in the water is another story. I can barely swim to save my life and participating in the Ironman will make me swim 2.4 miles while being kicked and hit by 2,500 other swimmers.
Why am I sharing this all with you?
On my own will or motivation I have NO DESIRE to practice and learn how to swim. I also don’t have a strong desire to run long distances. I do LOVE to bike, but only with groups, not a big fan of riding alone. I also don’t know how to really TRAIN for an Ironman.
I am doing what I encourage you to do, which is to hire a coach. My coach is a professional Ironman athlete and also works with about 200 others to help them complete their first race or work towards turning pro.
Having my coach will:
- Reduce the chances of injury
- Make things more fun
- Save me time researching best training programs, gear, and nutrition
- Introduce me to others in the Madison community training for Ironman
- Push me harder than I would push myself
- Help me overcome stumbling blocks that will inevitably occur over the next year
- Cheer me on during my successes and comfort and encourage me during my challenges
- Help me reach my goals faster
Over the past 24 days, I have had 310 women, ages 50 and up, apply for our NEW small group training program. I have spoken to over 200 of them on the phone and most have told me the same thing, which is, “I realize that I don’t seem to be motivated to do it on my own. I know what to eat, and I know I should exercise more, but I just can’t seem to do it.” They say it like there is something wrong with them. There is nothing wrong with you if you struggle with motivating yourself to exercise more and eat healthier.
Just like I don’t want to learn how to swim or run long periods of time, I know I need a coach to be there for me.
If you are in the Madison area and are interested in learning more about this unique program, here is the link to apply and after I receive your application, I will personally call you to set up a time for you to visit one of our classes. Apply -> https://www.surveymonkey.com/r
If you live near an Ironman race, I can’t encourage you enough to go out and watch the swim start at 7 AM and then the finish line at the Capitol Square between 9pm and midnight. You will shed some tears and be in awe. Ironman Wisconsin is in Madison on Sunday, September 13th. Come join me at Monona Terrace at about 6:30 AM and watch one of the greatest sports spectacles. If all goes as planned, one year from now I will be in that water ready for a day I will never forget.
Just in case you were trying to remember the rest of the quote above? This above all – to thine own self be true, and it must follow, as night follow days, thou canst not be then false to any man. ~ William Shakespeare
Good words to live by!