Tuesday, November 13, 2012

One Final Hurrrahhhhhh!

My final race of the season is Sunday. I am EXCITED for these things:
  • My family is coming (Mom = spectator, Dad = racer).
  • I feel very ready.
  • I love the scenarios that only race day can create, I believe it brings out the best performances. I want one of these on Sunday!
  • Friends, friends, friends - lots of them at IMAZ.
IMAZ 2012 - Jeff & Becky will be on course again - hopefully dancing.
Looking back on my race here last season I realize so many things have changed in the past year, not only in my racing, but in my personal life. I came into IMAZ last season with a nothing-to-lose attitude and was happy to finish 10th with a 9:22. It made me realize I really want to get close to that 9 hour barrier. One year later and I get to try again to go faster, move up the ladder, push myself farther than at one point I ever thought possible.

I've learned a lot about myself in the past year. I survived a divorce. I learned who my true friends were. I learned to deal with judgmental people (I don't do well with this - mostly I pushed them all away). But through it all, I also learned that although life sometimes can break our hearts, everything that happens along the way was worth the journey. I don't regret any of the time I spent with Steven and although there are times when it might be easier to be angry or upset, I would honestly rather remember the good times.


Ironman - like life - is a journey where we plan everything out, and it often does not play out the way we had hoped. However, if you can look past the mistakes, problems and trials, there is always a lesson to be learned and something positive to take away. It is always possible to pick yourself back up and try, try, try again to chase your dreams. Whether you are racing an Ironman Sunday, or just racing through life, I hope you will fight to the end, smile along the way, and enjoy the journey - this is your life and you only get to live it once.

22 comments:

thepumpkinsdiary said...

Will be cheering for you Sunday!! And i don't do well with judgement either, something I would like to work on. :) And good luck to your dad too!!

Tawnee Prazak, M.S., CSCS said...

Love your style, love your honesty. Excited to cheer my brains out for you on the course Sunday!

Snakebite said...

I offer either my condolences or congratulations on your Big D - whichever is most appropriate. I've been down that road, too. I happy to read your positive words regarding that, racing, and life. You really must have some inner mountain biker you're channeling!

Steve said...

Charisa, WOW!! What a great update. :)


Wish I could say more, but What do you say to a Van Gogh painting??

xo

mmmonyka said...

Good luck!!!
I will be internet stalking as usual:)

rr said...

This year maybe Maya can dance with them? That is an awesome photo of the yoggerfamily. Have a great race this weekend!

solarpowered said...

PMA - positive mental attitude.

This has been quite a year for you, for sure! LOVE the positive look ahead. I'm running the Philly marathon this weekend after having NYC cancelled. LOTS of life stuff disrupting things right now, but -- like you -- I'm excited about how I've been running and I'm ready to have my best race yet this Sunday! I hope to be sitting on my couch after my measly 26.2 watching you kick some IMAZ 140.6 ass!

Go Charisa!

Roz said...

This is a great post. Best of luck! I'm cheering for you!

Beth said...

So well put! See you out there on Sunday. Have an AWESOME race Charisa! I know you will shine!

Kiet said...

Don't forget my dream from a month ago, you pull off the numbers, and then we'll do the catching up part on Skype after the race. Let's make this dream a reality! Sending awesome energy your way.

Jason said...

Such a great post and truer words have never been said.

I am sorry to read about your divorce and having been through one myself along with racing Ironman I think we can truly say that nothing is impossible and that life will always go on.

See you out on the course on Sunday and hopefully before then.

Smile big because it's going to be awesome!

Michelle Simmons said...

Cheering for you on Sunday!!!!

J. L. said...

Great post and so well said! I'm so excited for your race...and your dad's...and your mom getting to spectate and cheer you on. I, too, will be internet stalking. Best of luck!

Angela and David said...

Lovely post! Good luck this weekend!

ONEHOURIRONMAN said...

I was going to fly through Phoenix and do a 5 hour layover on my way to LA to cheer you on. Scheduling didn't work out though. Glad you will have a crowd there. Have fun with it.

And be one of those few that break 9 hours!

Kenrick Smith said...

Good Luck!! Put your head down and grind it out. I like your ground and pound attitude. Rock It. Have Fun. If it gets tough out there SMILE - I swear it works - Kenrick Smith

GoBigGreen said...

Good luck sunday. I am cheering from MN, and yes i totally understand. It's ok to be schizophrenic about life and sometimes in IM, LIFE grounds us . At other times Tri and IM can ground us when LIFE seems so cruel.
Keep smiling.

JC said...

gooooo get it lady! Woohoo - cheering SUPER loud or you.

Katie said...

Best of luck on Sunday! You're such an inspiration.

Molly said...

I have been through the divorce thing too...it is so hard. You are tough and you've done amazingly well going through all of that!

I can't wait to cheer you on at AZ this weekend!

The Suffer Seeker said...

Ahhhhh. Kind of refreshing isn't it?

Alison said...

See you out there - have a great race and I'll be cheering loudly as you blow past me!