Yesterday I was supposed to run 10 miles, but only managed 5 pretty terrible ones. My body felt like lead and I was mentally just not in a good place for it.
After though, I went and watched some of the Boulder Ironman 70.3 and woah. I didn’t expect it to be such an emotional experience, but the atmosphere was just something else. There were tears, peer exhaustion, smiles, intense accomplishment, and even a proposal right in front of us (the Ironman proposed over the fence after he finished!). Talk about inspiring.
I was there because one of my friends was completing her first one, with the goal of completing a full Ironman next year. I am so insanely proud of this girl and I began to cry with her as we hugged. I have watched her train and commit to something many people wouldn’t even consider and I can definitely say that she is my motivation right now.
She took this challenge in honor of someone very close to her that just recently beat cancer and is also an Ironman. As I spoke with him, I told him I have done half and full marathons, but never a triathlon. He said to me, “Oh if you can do that, then you can definitely do this. You have a year to get back here.”
I’m not saying it’s on my goal list, but I’m also not saying it’s not on my list. I need to make an honorable mention as well to @exitrowiron and @runningmyownrace because I am continuously inspired by this amazing couple! This was all just what I needed.