Day 42 – Last Day First Day

132 days until IRONMAN 70.3 Chattanooga

I will forever remember this day as a turning point my quest for triathlon greatness.

After 13 years of studying, training, racing, socializing and living like a triathlete, I am starting over. Perhaps I should call myself a “born again triathlete” or a “re-indoctrinated triathlete”. What’s different now? Now I have a goal and I have a plan.

The Goal

The big goal is to qualify for the big race on the big island of Hawaii: IRONMAN World Championship. This is no short term goal. In fact, it is a journey down a long highway with a destination so far away it can’t be seen. Yet it exists. I know it exists and I will be there. I’m not just saying this to be Mr. Positivity. Or am I? Time will tell.

The Plan

Plain and simple: discipline, focus, and small steps.

Between the goal and the goal setter there are bound to be obstacles. It will take discipline to stay on the path to the goal. It will take discipline to foster the wisdom to know which obstacles should be moved and which should be avoided. Strict discipline will keep me on the highway or, if I stray, it will bring me back.
How much the goal is desired will determine the focus. To be distracted by attractions on the side of the road will make life interesting, but it will delay the goal. I’m 55 years old. I’ve enjoyed enough roadside attractions for now.
Small Steps
As long as they are in the right direction, small steps are all we need. A proverb I once heard and just found on Wikipedia says,

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step

Chinese proverb I found in Wikipedia

The first step on this journey is IRONMAN 70.3 Chattanooga. And the first step to get me there is a trainer ride tomorrow morning.

My first step to IRONMAN 70.3 Chattanooga is an hour and a quarter of bike intervals.

Until tomorrow…

Stay to the right, pass on the left and keep on smiling

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LG found the triathlon lifestyle after years of calling himself soldier, cowboy, philosopher, scientist... "Triathlete" may be the last title he ever needs (after husband and father).