“Swim 2.4 miles, bike 112 miles, run 26.2 miles- BRAG FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE. ” — John Collins, IRONMAN Founder
(and maybe, just maybe you will want to do it over again and again)
So I woke up this morning with a typical post-race feeling of… What’s next?!
Six wonderful post-race-days later and I’m – as most triathletes are – thinking about the next “best thing”. Why do we always want more?! Maybe it’s because the awesome bike short tan lines are gone now. Or my muscles don’t feel too fatigued anymore. Or I am actually sick of Mai Tai’s (kinda) and my little “cheats”. Or maybe it’s just simply that I love the sport and want to continue the journey.
Yes, this was a dream of a lifetime, a goal I have strived to achieve for as long as I can remember. And I crossed the finish line exactly how I wanted – still able to run – and with a smile on my face. 🙂
It was a great race. For some reason I put so much pressure on myself to cross that finish line – more so than any other race. The Ironman motto is “anything can happen” and I had to be prepared for anything. I was, and it was a great day out there.
Everyone says the first time you do Kona – just relish in the experience. Did that – check! Those that are lucky enough to do it a second time – can only have the goal of a faster, better race. One that pushes them beyond all limits. Again. Which gets me thinking……
There are the people that do it once, get the tattoo, and never look back.
Then there are the people who are lucky to qualify again, they want to go back to the lava fields, to give it their all one (or more) more time.
Currently, I tend to fall in the latter category (my husband nearly spit his drink out as I mentioned this to him). Not next year, or the next, but eventually….. Experience it all over again. Never say never right?
For now, anyways, I will continue to enjoy all my “free” time, to improve on other facets of my life, to get organized, get body back in balance, catch up with life, and prepare for 2014, whatever the year may bring.
I am loving the journey, and want to continue the ride. Who wouldn’t?