Ironman World Championships
So I did not go on my bike ride last night nor did I wake up this morning to swim/run and you know what, I’m OK with it. My body clearly needs some rest and I’m starting to feel much better. This cold/sinus infection/whatever is slowly drifting away. I’m ready to get back on track tomorrow and plan to hit all my workouts this weekend before starting week 4 of training. Let’s hope week 4 is a good one!
Last night I was searching for West Side Story in HD (nerd alert!) and I stumbled upon the 2011 Ironman World Championships in Kona and was totally mesmerized. Not only did I enjoy following the drama surrounding the elite athletes but I also loved the small stories about the “regular” folks who were out there trying to finish before the 17 hour deadline hit.
There was a mother of two who has been diagnosed with colon cancer who continued to train through her chemo treatments. When she crossed the finish line and into the arms of her two kids, I totally teared up!
There was the 76 year old woman who was the oldest woman to ever finish the Ironman Kona. The 81 year old man who struggled at the end but kept going. It was his 22nd time competing in the race and he said if he wasn’t going to finish then he wouldn’t be back next year. He finished and the announcer said, “We’ll see you next year!”
The military amputee who finished started competing to show war veteran’s that anything is possible. The woman who used to weigh over 300 lbs crossed the finish line with a look of disbelief on her face. She said that never in a million years would she ever have pictured herself crossing the finish line at the Ironman World Championships.
But, anything is possible.
The Ironman pushes people to their limits and it’s the people who push through the pain and limits that finish. It can seem crazy to people who don’t compete in races but there really is something special about people who compete. Not only do they take time out of their lives to train but they believe that they can accomplish anything.
I’m already looking forward to the 2012 Ironman World Championships (which I just discovered is in October). I will be watching for sure!
Wednesday’s workout: Rest
Wednesday’s meals highlights: Eh
Thursday’s workout: Rest
Thursday’s meals highlight: TBD?