"Someday" is today

Ever say to yourself, "Someday I will ___________"?

Yeah, me too.

So I did something crazy today.

I registered for an Ironman 70.3.

While this registration seemingly came out of the blue, this isn't just a whim. I've actually been wanting to do this for many years.

But today, I surprised even myself when I actually hit that REGISTER button.

What finally gave me that push?

It was a combination of things.

1)  I NEED a new big goal to work toward.  I've gotten complacent, nay.. I've gotten lazy. In the upcoming year, I have a few races on the calendar that are all repeat events with generous pace requirements. They were fun and will be fun again, but I've done them before. 

I need something fresh. Something with very strict time limits to get my butt into gear. 

Preparing for this event should give me the jump-start to push forward.

2) I've been following ultrarunner Scott Jurek as he set out to break the Appalachian Trail course record. Yes - he succeeded this past week and broke the old record. He ran from Georgia to Maine in 46 days, 8 hours, and 7 minutes. That's 2,189 miles, through 14 states. Pretty amazing, right? One memorable quote from the very humble Scott stuck with me these past few days.  So much so, that I made a meme. This is a favorite photo I took during this year's Gasparilla 8K in Tampa.

I think it is time for me to attempt something I'm not sure I can actually do.   

Call it madness, call it stupidity, call it what you will. But I'm doing it.

3) If not now, when?
In record numbers, people my age are drawn to these tri events as sort of a pre-mid life crisis thing. I totally get it. It is no accident that the largest fields in triathlon tend to be the 35-39, and 40-44 age groups. Yeah, that would be me.  

Aging is inevitable. Sure, you read about runners and triathletes in their 90s and 100s still out there, kicking butt and taking names.  But there aren't a lot of them. 

If I want a shot at being one of those butt-kicking active seniors, I need to start stepping up my game now. 

So that's it in a nutshell.  I have several additional motives for wanting to do this event - but these three are the big ones that gave me the final push today. 

I've been telling myself for the past few years, "Someday, I will train for an Ironman."  I got tired of hearing myself say that.

Finally, that "someday" was today.

I've registered for the relay option.  Yep, that means a team.  So I won't be going it alone. More on that in an upcoming post.  I look forward to sharing this journey on the blog and through social media.

  • Finish this sentence:  "Someday I will _________"
  • What has to happen for you to make that 'someday' today?

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