MY WORST ENEMY: MY MIND

Currently I am training for a sprint triathlon – because I am crazy!  I guess it sounded like a good idea when I first committed to do the race.  I work better with deadlines in mind (July 13th, wish me luck!) and I thought it would be a great way to motivate me to work out to try and return this post-baby body back to my pre-bod (or at least give my body a good effort!).  Now that I am thinking clearly, though, what was I thinking?!  I have never rode a bike for more than the sidewalks around my house growing up.  I have never swam laps or used any sort of technique before.  I have run a few 5K’s and 10k, but after quite a bit of training!! 

Lately, I have been having strong thoughts of ‘I simply can’t do this,’ and ‘this is just too hard, impossible!..’ <—this is my worst enemy.  I even had the thought the other day that this is the hardest thing I have ever trained for!!  And then I thought… NO WAY!!  This is nothing.  Literally nothing.  I have trained for something much harder.  I trained for 9 months to deliver my baby NATURALLY, AND I DID IT (yes, I am quite proud of myself!)!!!  I had no drugs, no IV, no medication to suppress the pain in any way.  People may think it is strange to hear I trained for the delivery, but I did.  I trained myself how to breathe slowly.  I trained my body to relax itself.  I trained very, very hard and the before, during and after process was not easy – but I did it!! 
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^^One of the greatest days of my life.  My heart hurt so much with the amount of love I felt for that little boy.  Still does!

Some describe child birth similar to 20 bones getting fractured at the same time.  I have experienced that and this sprint triathlon will be nothing compared!!  So, I am overcoming my barrier, my worst enemy, my mind, and will simply not allow myself to think those things.  I know I can do this, I have accomplished tougher things.  I will succeed!!

RACE IS IN T-MINUS 22 DAYS. <insert me screaming into a pillow loudly!>

What is your barrier from being successful at the things you are currently striving for?

1 comment:

  1. Ok so this is WAY far away from now, but I have a condition where I may not be able to have any pain meds during childbirth. Reading about someone else who did that...and stuck to it...is really inspiring! Good luck on your training!

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