Is Fear Holding Me Back?

So many of my Coeur Sports Teammates and triathlon friends push themselves to their maximum limit while racing. I’ve seen them punch their ticket to Kona, achieve goals and fulfill dreams. While I have pushed myself to hyponatremia twice while racing, I have never pushed myself so hard in a race that I wanted to collapse shortly after crossing the finish line. Why?!?!?! I think it comes down to fear. Deep down inside, I think I might be scared of the “pain” I will have to endure along the way. Scared of the unknown…especially on race day. Can my body handle it? What if I end up with hyponatremia again? What if I end up injured? Can I mentally handle it? Just how bad will it “hurt?” How long will I have to recover post race? What if I push myself to my limits and then don’t reach my goals/dreams? What if I push myself to my limits, but find it just isn’t as fun as I thought it would be? What if I push myself so hard that I don’t finish the race? What if? What if?? What if???

Fear is something I try to remove from my vocabulary, but I think it has crept in without me realizing it and has a stronger hold on me than I want to admit. Fear may be holding me back a bit when it comes to racing and really achieving my dreams. When I am at my most vulnerable, I find that I let that fear and doubt creep in and take over my once confident demeanor.

When I am racing I want to achieve success and really want to push myself to my maximum, but then fear creeps in…do I really want to endure the pain that comes with this level of success? Achieving success isn’t easy, whether it is in sport, at work, at home, etc. But working hard to achieve success is what makes it so enjoyable. So how do I keep the fear at bay?

With Ironman Wisconsin on the calendar for 2016 as my “A” race, my training and racing plan is going to be focused around speed and pushing my limits to their maximum. While I am INCREDIBLY nervous about leaving everything on the table, I am also VERY excited about finding out just how far I can push myself! 2016 will be the year that I learn to push past the fear and dig deep to see just how far I can go!

It is time to start living my dream and stop living my fears!
It is time to start living my dream and stop living my fears!

Does fear hold you back? How far do you push yourself while training and racing? How do you measure success?

A Girl Can Dream

Today is the day that Ironman Kona athletes face the 140.6 miles and give it their all.  Today is the day for inspiration.  Today is the day for determination.  Today is the day that dreams come true for many athletes.  Today is the day…SEIZE THE DAY!!

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I have many dreams, but there is only one that I will be working hard for in 2015…

What are your dreams?  How do you plan to achieve them?

 

 

Accomplishing Goals and Chasing Dreams

Sunday was a GREAT day to chase dreams!!  I had two goals for Ironman Wisconsin 2014.

  1. Cross the finish line and remember my race (including the finish).  In 2011, I was hyponatremic and do not remember the last 8 hours of my race nor most of the following day.  This time around, I was focused only on race execution.  I didn’t care how long it took me.
  2. Smile. All. Day. Long.

I successfully achieved both of my goals!!  I smiled all day long (even when it hurt), I crossed the finish line and remember my whole day.  The best part…I was still “running”…even after 140.6+ miles (you’ll have to tune in for later posts on why the “+”)!!   😉

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P.S. I did set a new PR by almost 1 hour…so it was all in all a VERY successful day for me!!