I think you people are in need of different role models!
Those of you following my Instagram feed have seen the work I'm doing to complete IMLOU 2019 (that's Ironman Louisville, KY 2019 for those not in the tri know - which is probably everyone who's not a nut job).
My original motivation for doing so was to hold myself accountable. I had a couple of people tell me they would never do that and make it so public. What if I don't succeed?
What if I don't?
I did it because I was following the advice of research - if you make your goals public, you have a stronger chance of meeting them since people are watching. (That's taking research and really, really dumbing it down.)
And boy, you people are watching.
This weekend alone I had three people approach me at Art in the Park/Taste of Olean - a show I did with my products, Wild Mountain Botanicals - to tell me how inspiring I am. One of you noted that I am almost getting you to the gym. How do we get you over that hump? Another said she was incredibly inspired by what I'm doing. One former student/colleague/friend noted on IG (not at the show) that she signed up for the HIM (half Ironman) in June because of my posts.
What power I have! I hope I don't let it go to my head.
I never imagined that I would inspire - honestly. I thought it would be a hoot. I post things tongue-in-cheek and with humor but I am very serious about what I am doing. Just because you have a big, bodacious, insane goal doesn't mean you can't also have a sense of humor about it.
Now that I know people are watching and people are depending on me to get them motivated and to get me across the finish line, I have renewed vigor. I HAVE TO get up and power through my workouts. People are watching!
Good thing I don't give a flying rats arse about what I look like as I go through this journey....to a point. I like the cute workout outfits but sweat is sweat. I love that I am discovering just what my body is capable of. Makes me think I can do anything.
And I can. Just watch me....I know you want to.
To recap my first two months of serious training, I am alternating workouts: bike, run swim, bike, run, swim, rest day. Sometimes that gets modified depending on the week. This week, for example, it looks like swim, bike, run, swim, bike, run, rest.
Some photos from my journey: