Looking for great…

I am two weeks from Ironman Texas, and I find myself feeling reflective about my 10th Ironman.  I remember claiming one was enough!

Last night, my sherpa team informed me that in two weeks, Ironman Texas will be a mini Kona.  In my age group there are seven of us that have qualified for Kona. One woman is a former pro and two women have gone 10:3x recently in an Ironman.

How do I feel about that level of competition?  Happy.  As I told my coach, Marilyn Chychota, I feel like I am still looking for great.  I discover great within myself and the inspiration of tremendous competition.

As I climb out of the training fog the next couple of weeks, I will continue to reflect.  Each Ironman is a mini birthday and a celebration of our sport.

In our family, a birthday is a time of reflection and celebration.

What happens?  After a dinner together, someone in our family serves as the moderator and they ask the following questions:

  • What are three things that happened that were important to you in the last year?
  • What are three things you are looking forward to in the next year?
  • If you could go back and give your 20 year old self a piece of advice, what would you say?

They seem simple enough questions, but the moderator pokes and prods a bit to get more information.  After the “interrogation,” family speaks offering advice, a declaration of love or another perspective.

The first couple of birthdays where you engage in this format feels awkward.  I now look forward to my birthday.  I find myself reflective throughout the week preparing my notes and thoughts for my family.***

I find the same type of reflection to be helpful before my Ironman.  It reminds me of the work I have done, the accomplishments I have made and that this is another important step to my dreams.

Looking for great…

You can read my Ironman Texas Course Profile via Endurance Corner here.

***Note to parents: start this when the children are young by asking simple questions.  Over time they will learn to love the attention and look forward to engaging with the adults on their birthdays.  Please note, when asked, they will deny it. Guaranteed.




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