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!!
^^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?