I’ll be honest- I’ve been cheating on you. And to be more honest, it feels SO good. Her name? Uh, ooo…well, she has many names: Muscles, Earth, Speed, En..dor..phin….a, yeah, Endorphina. Training is going excellent at this point. I’m focused, I’ve rid myself of everything that I believe can hinder my progress, and pretty soon with a little more luck and best efforts in conquering the hardest day of my training career, I’ll be a champion. Albeit, not the fastest one, but a champion.
I had an interesting conversation with a future IronWoman the other day about feeling “ready” and she had some great points- how does one know, or feel, or believe that they can or are going to be prepared for one BIG day? And beyond those questions, where and when does Strength become so ingrained in your soul that you truly feel invincible? Iron-man, iron-will, iron-brain, iron-stomach? What type of focus needs to be held, loved, nurtured, and beasted in that final approach to go from a man to an Ironman?
My answer is Quality. All day, everyday, Quality.
Quality of knowing who I am and what I am doing, quality of knowing how I feel, and quality of believing that I will be successful
Quality of my training schedule, of my workouts, of my warm-ups, of my cool-downs, of my exercises before, after, in-between workouts
Quality of the people I’m surrounding myself with- quality of my friends, quality of my training partners, quality of my training clients, quality of my relationships both old and new
Quality of my strength- quality of my character, quality of my passion, quality of my love
Afterall, without quality, how will you ever find progress? How will you come to a point tomorrow where you look back at your life from years ago and say, “I’m a better/faster/stronger/more loving/happier/etc person, now”? What will you use to combat the energy that tries to hold you back?
For those of you who have known me since my first races, you know I love this answer. Sometimes, I forget about it. But when I need it, it’s ALWAYS there.
It’s not about being “ready” because no one is ever ready (especially for their first IM race) to swim/bike/run for up to 17 hours. Our bodies aren’t naturally wanting to do that. But, if you stay determined to continuously define quality through a training day, relationship, work day, or life plan, then you’ll never have to worry if you’re “ready” or not- you, yourself, will become OF a quality that can participate.
To be OF a quality that can participate in the Ironman events (or any goal that YOU want to achieve), IS the training plan, IS the objective, and IS the final accomplishment, all wrapped-up in one awesome package. One is training for it because they decided to be of a quality for it.
It’s as if you treat it like it IS the take-off, the flight, the landing of a plane, AND the first step off of the plan. Grant the moving episode of your life it’s deserving quality and you’ll never have to figure out if you’re scared of heights!
Quality is the chicken AND the egg… it’s the cake that you’re having and eating, too…and it’s the reason that Endorphina and I have to get back to our affair.