Thursday, July 19, 2012

Go With It

2007 was my first Big Island race. I had NO IDEA what I was getting myself into. I had never taken a salt tablet in my life. And I was fairly certain I might die on the Queen K, even though I was not sure what exactly the Queen K was. I knew it would be a life experience I would never forget. So I went with it.

I did not die. Although I was definitely uncomfortable for much of the day.

Post-race bike retrieval wrapped in a Hawaii towel my Dad purchased because I could not stop shivering. I still use this towel all the time when I go to masters. And it makes me smile.

There are moments in life, training, [insert anything here] where I feel somewhat lost or out of place, but I can see that in the end the experience is what I am after. So I go with it. I trust that the end result will be worth it.

Training does not always end with feeling great or seeing awesome numbers. It is a lot of really hard work. It can be frustrating, exhilarating, exhausting and maddening all within a single hour. But I go with it. Keeping the big picture in mind helps, remembering what is important in life. If you have some setbacks or side steps along the way to your goal - keep in mind, it's all about the process. You got into sport for a reason. Stick with it when it gets hard. Enjoy and go with it.

6 comments:

Steve said...

"There are moments in life, training, [insert anything here] where I feel somewhat lost or out of place, but I can see that in the end the experience is what I am after. So I go with it. I trust that the end result will be worth it."

awesome. :) You and everyone else. It is a good thing for us to know about ourselves too I think. :)

Matt said...

Great post, especially where my head is at this week!

solarpowered said...

It's been a while since I've checked in here -- and today was a great day to do so. Perfect post for where I am these days :) Thank you.

Lisa said...

I've had so little time recently to relax in the luxury of blog reading, but so glad I caught your post today!

Jason said...

I cannot wait to share this with my wife. She is doing her first tri in a few weeks and tried swimming yesterday and completely freaked out. This will be a huge help for herl

Thank you for sharing.

Caroline said...

I really needed to read something like this today, it's important to keep the big picture in mind and realize that it's not all about one race result or one race - there are so many more reasons to race and train.