Monday, July 7, 2014

Change

Yesterday after taking a shower, I said to Bernie (yes, Bernie is a dog. Yes, I talk to him.), "now I feel more like a human again and not a triathlon machine".

This was after our 100 mile ride and 2 mile run workout. 

Later in the day while we were hanging out with our friend, Rob, I said something along the lines of that I couldn't believe that we had completed a century ride earlier, and how quickly my body forgets about it (although, my quads are having a harder time forgetting about our 20 mile run/100 mile ride weekend).

It's still amazing to me that Mike and I are able to do what we do. We just started running in April 2011, and in less than two months (less than 7 weeks!!) we are going to be attempting to complete our first Ironman.

 Thumbs up for completing our century ride!

I pride myself on the fact that I am true to who I am, and that I don't change who I am to fit in or to be like everyone else. But, then I think about it and I really have changed.

I never would have thought that I would have completed a century ride, one freakin' hundred miles. I don't even drive 100 miles in a week most of the time! And, completing that ride the day after running 20 miles, please. A few years ago I would have laughed in your face if you would have told me that I was strong enough, physically and mentally, to do what we just did this weekend.

Now, I believe that anyone can do anything if they truly put their mind to it (and want to do it). Anything is possible. I used to say, "never", "I couldn't do that", etc. Now, the possibilities are endless. I have seen what my body and my mind are capable of accomplishing, and as long as I take care of them I see no end in sight.

Are some days a struggle? Sure. Yesterday's ride wasn't all rainbows and puppies, some parts of it were a bitch and rightfully so. I don't think that riding 100 miles should be easy, because the things that really matter are never easy. I don't want this to be easy. I thought to myself yesterday while riding, "you know this is going to hurt, so just do it". Did I still complain and swear and make Mike mad because of those two said things? Yes. But, in the end I got it done.

So, have I changed? Yep, you bet I have. I am stronger than I was before, and I am just going to keep on getting stronger and pushing the boundaries.

That's a change for the better.

5 comments:

  1. It is amazing to me how much you are able to do. You are such an inspiration.

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  2. Awesome! It has been amazing following your journey.

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  3. "you know this is going to hurt, so just do it". <-- that's what this sport is all about--owning the pain and pushing through the discomfort.

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  4. I am crying. Why am I crying? I guess cause my lil' Jamie is all grow'd up. ;) I love you. I'm so happy that you see the beautiful, strong, and amazing person that you are. <3

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