When I signed up for IRONMAN Wisconsin 2011, I was motivated to train and complete my workouts because I was afraid of the 140.6 mile distance. The furthest race I had completed prior to IRONMAN Wisconsin was 70.3 miles…How on earth would I be able to complete double the distance?!?!?!?! Thanks to a little fear of the distance, I put my best foot forward every day and completed most of my scheduled workouts.
I know that fear can be unhealthy, but I believe it can also be motivating and empowering. It all depends on how you allow it to impact you. I don’t allow fear to intimidate me; instead, I allow it to motivate and empower me to be the best version of myself that I can be. I allow it to help me get my feet to the floor…I allow it to motivate me to complete my workouts…I allow it to push me to be my best while training and in my everyday life…I allow it to help me “keep moving forward.”
When I signed up for IRONMAN Wisconsin 2014, I knew I was no longer afraid of the distance…I had already crossed the finish line at IRONMAN Wisconsin in 2011, so I knew I could do the distance. Why then was I signing up again??? To have a “better” race…to push myself out of my comfort zone…to continue to find that better version of myself…to experience a different journey on my way to the IRONMAN finish line.
So what motivates me now to complete my workouts as I race for IMWI??? Why FEAR of course…fear of getting too lackadaisical with my training and therefore not being adequately prepared to put my best foot forward on race day.
What motivates you to complete your workouts?
Week #3 (Base Training) Totals:
Swim: 6200 yards
Bike: 15.9 miles (I only had one bike ride this week 😦 )
Run: 20.05 miles
Strength Training: 2 hours & 45 minutes
Hot Yoga: 1 hour & 30 minutes (I only made it to one class this week 😦 )
Week #3 in the green 😉