I’ve always been a “believer” and it’s always worked out well for me.
Pretty much everything that I have accomplished in life has been because someone told me it was impossible and I didn’t believe them.
Doubters would systematically list out the many reasons why in their opinion it was impossible. Some reasons were valid, others were a little meh and some were just down right ludicrous but NONE of the reasons I’ve been given have ever made me stop and think …..
“Oh I best not do that then – I should just pick something easier”
The reasons I’ve been given to “confirm the fact that my goal is impossible” included;
- I wasn’t good/fit/young enough
- Only people with no kids/lots of time/lots of money/full time athletes did “things like that”
- You can’t swim (That one obviously had some merit) 😉
The “Doubting Betty or Bob” would usually recite the list in alpha order accompanying the volley of words with finger wagging, shaking of head, raised eyebrows and finally a shrug of the shoulders when I would unwaveringly reply
“Can’t? – Well you just watch me”
I guess I am proof that you don’t have to be a rich, full time athlete with no kids to do whatever it is you want to do. You just have to have faith.
Which brings me to my
Thanks to my friend Jen I found Joel Runyon. He writes a blog about pushing your limits and telling a great story by doing impossible things.
She sent me a link to his post on The five reasons you should do a triathlon this year and I instantly fell in love with him.
I won’t go in depth but this is the part I read and realised that Joel was in fact my soul mate ..
|“At first thought I should do a marathon (everyone does marathons, right?), but I brushed that off immediately because I knew I sucked at running and 26.2 miles was way too long of a distance to do something I sucked at (oops). So, being the bright person that I am, I decided to do a triathlon instead. Of course, in triathlon I knew I sucked at running, biking AND swimming, but I figured if I had to suck during the entirety of an activity, the least I could do was switch up the types of activities in which I was sucking at – if for no other reason than it would keep me from getting bored.”|
He is SERIOUSLY my brother from another Mother, he just doesn’t know it yet! Go and check out his blog it’s a great read and very inspiring.
Oh in case you are wondering dinner last night with the girls was great. We went to Sal’s Pizza in Takapuna then walked around the corner and had dessert at Movenpick.
(Yes Deb – I ate it all)
I think I may have *just* burnt off enough calories in the day to balance it out thanks to my morning Ludus session and a 21k bike ride after work (with hills .. hills I didn’t realize would be there). I suggest all you map my ride users go and check a route before biking it instead of doing a Julia and mapping and going.
This weekend I have Issy’s birthday party Saturday (rest days come in handy some weekends) and then on Sunday I have my first fun run of the year. I’m starting out the year with an “easy” 5k run. The goal is to do it in under 30 minutes. Last year the fastest I did this course in was 33:04 so the challenge is on .. if I can do it in under 30 I’m going to do move up to the 10k run next month – hmmm should I be worried I’ve never actually run 10ks before? … nah. 😉
Wish me Luck!
Till next time