I was barefoot, cold and standing on the edge of the water. As I felt the wind blowing, I bowed my head and prayed for the clouds to go away.
How did I get here?
In early December, my friend Cheryl came up to me while we were at a Christmas party.
"You know that Half Ironman that I signed up for? What do you think about doing it WITH me? Wouldn't that be fun?
"Come on, Katey! You know that you can do it!"
"I don't want to do it alone."
I tried to cut short the conversation. But, I didn't say no. Deep down, I knew that I wanted to do it. I wanted that accomplishment. Was I good enough for it? Could I work that hard?
Instead of declining, I found myself asking questions about the course, timeline and training commitment. That night, I hurried home and told Daniel the story expecting him to shut me down.
But he didn't either.
Woah. He thinks I can do this!
From then, I woke up at 4:30am to train. There were lots of sweat, tears and gray hairs!
I couldn't waste any time, I had 5 months to train. My training base was pretty strong but this took it to a brand new level! Every time that I started feeling confident, a new obstacle would bring me down to humility. Sacrifices came from me, my husband and my sweet kids.
And within a blink of an eye, Race Week was here. Walking around the Ironman village was strange. It was a mixture of adrenaline, excitement and weather watching. I thought I would have more time to relax and get my head straight for the race.
But here I was at the water's edge in a wetsuit looking like a penguin. Trying not to cry. Feeling prepared but nervous.
How did I get here?
Our lives are full of turning points. They can involve health, careers, lifestyle or relationships.
Small are the choices that give way to big events. They aren't often dramatic. They aren't isolated. Small, consistent choices lead toward your destiny.
My abilities today are connected to small choices that I made yesterday, last week and even ten years ago.
Where are your choices leading you?
Some of my paths are good. Some need improvement.
My challenge to you is to look at your daily choices. Where are they leading you?? Is that where you want to go? Do you need to change anything?
Whether it's becoming healthier, fixing relationships, or budgeting, you can do it! True happiness is worth the sacrifice, discipline and change.
What's next on the Blog?
- Since we last talked
- Race Recaps: There are quite a few!
- And more!!