Grateful

August 8 | 4 Days to go

Are you ready?

Its the question I’ve heard often lately. Friends, family, coworkers all seem to be asking me: are you ready? With my Ironman 70.3 only 4 days away, I understand the question.

So, am I ready? I think so, but more than ready, I am grateful.

 As I reflect on this idea of being ready, I am reminded of this quote:

Ready

Am I ready? Yes, and I am grateful for that. I have worked very hard over the past 10 months so that I can be as ready as I can. I’m grateful for the support from family, friends, doctors, nurses and co-workers who have pushed me, inspired me and encouraged me to keep working hard towards this goal. In the past 10 months I have logged over 250 workouts, accounting for over 160 hours of training. I have biked over 600 miles, run nearly 300 miles and spent over 20 hours in a pool or lake getting ready for this weekend’s race. I’m grateful for Heather and her support in allowing me to train, commit the time and take the lead in getting our girls to bed so I can train at night or watching them early in the morning on weekends, so I can get a long run in. Together, we have come such a long way in the last few years, for that I am grateful.

Yesterday I was reading the most recent USA Triathlon magazine, the final article in the magazine discussed how there is no mediocrity in triathlon. The writer wrote:

Triathlon is more than the sum of its parts. That special element, that je ne sais quoi that magically engulfs us when we consecutively swim, bike and run is what sets us all apart from mediocrity. Just the fact that we’re out there proves we’re not mediocre.

The timing of this article was great for me, as I am prepared for this race, I have no desire to win, I don’t have a timing goal in mind, my goal is to finish, to complete the race. The goal is to turn all of the hard work over the past months into achieving the goal of crossing the finish line. And so by most accounts, I anticipate a very mediocre performance this weekend. This article was a great reminder that I think we can all use sometimes. Putting yourself out there, reaching for your goals, working hard to achieve something you think is out of reach, that is the real success, and win or lose, finish or not, just starting and being out there is a feat in itself, that’s something beyond mediocre, that’s something to be grateful for and something to celebrate. Even if you’re in the back of the pack at the end of the race, you are in the race and that’s what matters.

The article also reminds me that just as triathlon is more than the sum of its parts, so is a community who cares about people. The community that has supported me throughout my journey is more than the sum of its parts. As the race nears closer and closer, and I reflect on the progress I have made, the focus is so much less about me and what progress I have made or anything I have achieved, it’s so much more about you and the effort you have poured into me to help me heal and recover and thrive again. My progress is more than the sum its parts. My progress is a reflection of the care of those who take the time to read this post, those who have helped me survive, those who have taught me to exercise again, those who have helped me see that recovery is possible, to see the hope in the darkness. Its a reflection of the care of those who have helped me put one foot in front of the other, time and time again. Its a reflection of Heather and our family, who believe in me, sometimes more than I believe in myself, the ones who make this life whole.

Through your care, I am ready, and for that I am grateful!

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Heather and three of the people who have helped me find the athlete in myself again and to believe that I can become whatever I dream and work towards. My nurses: Tricia, Christine and Debbie

This race was always a way for me to stay on the journey of health and raise money for the Gratitude and Grace Foundation, to help support those battling cancer, to help those who need it, just like I did. My community of caregivers has helped me go from heart disease and cancer to triathlete, the Gratitude and Grace Foundation’s mission is to provide care and hope to others who need it, like I did. If you want to support the Foundation, you can donate here.

 

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