- I want to run a marathon butÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â¦
- I want to lose weight butÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â¦
- I want to complete a triathlon butÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â¦
Have you ever said any of these things?
I ‘m not going to lie ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬ ” even I’ve said some of these. Actually I’ve said all of them. However, now that I ‘m getting ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…”olderÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â I’ve learned that there are no age restrictions on accomplishing the goals I
once had have.
As I mentioned in my Motivation Monday post, I’ve been considering accomplishing a
dream goal of mine:
I want to complete a Half Ironman Distance Triathlon.
There. I said it. I ‘m going to do this. (Those that announce their goals are more likely to accomplish them).
I’ve wanted to do this since I completed my first Olympic Distance Triathlon 9 years ago. THIS is not the year for it. That said, it doesn’t mean that I can’t begin working towards that goal NOW. I can keep hoping for the right time, or I can make the right time happen.
- ButÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â¦ my kids are too young for me to train or raceÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â¦
- ButÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â¦ I don’t have a road bikeÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â¦
- ButÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â¦ I haven’t swam laps in yearsÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â¦
- ButÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â¦ racing is expensiveÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â¦
I could use these as complete roadblocks to even trying to make my goal happen. Instead I ‘m setting these as smaller goals in my half ironman journey. I’ve put together a training plan, and a financial plan to put aside enough money each month for the next few months to join a Masters Swim Club next fall, and to purchase a bike (though I believe my good friend Julie may help me out in the bike department by loaning me her bike).
My training plan:
Swim two mornings a week, cycle one morning a week, and another time on the weekend, run three times a week (my lunches?).
I’ve even gone so far as to register for this:
I can manage that race *IF* I make it happen ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬ ” it won’t happen for me. I need to use my alarm and drag my arse outta bed. I need to pack my running gear for work. I need to just get out there and swim, bike and run. And then? I need to keep that routine through the winter (indoor pools and an indoor trainer for my bike) so that NEXT summer when I’ve saved the money for my goal, I ‘ll also be physically ready for it.
Where there’s a will there’s a way. I ‘m not going to let my ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…”butÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â stand in the way of my goal, and I hope that you don’t either.
Have a great weekend guys!
Question/Sharing: What goal are you making happen?
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