My Half Ironman Dream

9 Feb

Followers of this blog will be aware of my new passion; for the last 18 months for Half Iron Man. I devoted an episode to it some months ago and this week I would like to re visit it as my event was on Saturday. My story isn’t about breaking records but rather the process of finishing and to go places in mind and body that we once thought of as impossible.

Here is what I learned:

You can’t always get what you want

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There is beauty in giving something everything you’ve got and never giving up. Swimming 2km in open water is a FAR cry from doing it at the local Aquatic Centre. This challenge got the better of me and I had to make the call to get someone else to do this leg.

I was shattered at first but I quickly understood that maybe I wasn’t meant to do the swim this time. A DNF would have crushed me. I had one previously in a club event and it was tough to handle. As it was the day was long and hot with the other two disciplines.

The Human Body and Mind Is Capable of Incredible Things

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2km swim, 90 km on a bike followed by a half marathon. It’s a massive task. In addition there is the added mental stress of gear failure or food issues. You need commitment in training, diet and family. My journey has changed the way I think. It has changed the way I deal with staff and students alike. It has taught me with enough hard work, diligence, and effort we can certainly achieve monumental goals we never thought possible. At the 70km mark on the bike I had serious doubts.

The Cadence or Pace

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You must learn to set the right pace. Come out the gates too fast and you’ll be dead half-way through the race. This is a hard lesson I have learned in the past. I wanted to finish and do it comfortably.

Competitors Make Us Better

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I love other participants. It is like golf. We are all out their but playing the course not really each other in our own world. These people could be viewed as competitors, but most racers realize that other participants bring the best out of their performance. I love learner and training with those better than me. In my case that is almost everybody.

Just Finish the Race

When it comes to tis, it’s not about what place you earned when you finish the race – it’s that you cross the finish-line. Search YouTube for some classic examples of bravery.

This is my favourite:

 

 

It’s not about winning it’s about competing.

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Okay, so to be honest this is not a mantra of mine before competing but now I understand. After yesterday I understand so much more.

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