These are my swimsuits, hanging to dry on little white hooks in my bathtub…
Wait a minute. I haven’t worn one of these colorful little numbers in… um… 8 months. (I think they’re probably dry by now.)
This is my bike. Well, mine is the lime green Cannondale behind my husband Barry’s red one. See it? Leaning against the lawn fertilizer thing with the garden hose in it. My helmet is hanging from the handlebars and I’m pretty sure my riding gloves are in my helmet. I’m not sure, because I have to climb over Barry’s Harley to get to it…
This is our bike rack. Need I say more?
And this is my running and bike gear, hanging behind my laundry door, totally accessible at any moment…
What’s the problem?
Oh, just putting on a swimsuit and heading to the YMCA.
Hopping over that Harley and rolling my bike out of our shed.
Attaching the bike rack to my car.
Putting on some bike/running gear and hitting the road.
We, as human beings, can make simple things so complicated.
It’s not that I don’t want to swim, bike and run. I do. I really, really do. I want to compete in at least 2, but hopefully 3, sprint triathlons this summer.
So what’s been making me put off beginning a training program? Yep. Putting on a swimsuit, rolling my bike out of my shed, putting on some running stuff and opening my front door.
If we really look closely at our lives, there is always an hour here and there to do something phenomenal… something that makes us feel wonderful.
I’m gonna re-claim those hours. For me. For my family.
And one more thing.
I know myself well enough to know that I need something to train for. Two summers ago, I did my first Sprint Triathlon and it was an exhilarating experience for someone like me who had never, ever attempted anything like this. I had to dig deeper into my heart, mind and soul than I ever thought possible.
Last summer, I dug even deeper and did a 70.3 Ironman.
And 3 weeks and 2 days ago, I ran my first marathon.
I know we’ve all heard the saying that every journey begins with one step. Well, my first step is heading out to my shed and rolling out my bike.
I think the rest will be the most awesome journey to some new adventure.
I just have to do it.