I recently completed an Iron Man triathlon in southern Utah and was asked by a friend, "Why would you put yourself through that much torture?" Of course I laughed and said that I didn't know and that I must be crazy. Am I crazy? Well, maybe but lets look at why I did what I did and what got me to the point where I chose to swim 2.4 miles, bike 112 miles and run 26.2 miles all in 14 hours?
First lets back up to the beginning of the year and examine a personal commitment I made to myself. I wanted to do something dramatic and life changing… Something that would require me to totally change the way I lived and what I did. So I decided to compete in the Iron Man.
After the first few weeks I realized that a decision like this required more than just a desire, it would ultimately take a total mind and body commitment. One weekend I had a 6 hour bike ride planned and the weather turned bad and started to snow. I had to ride for 6 hours on my trainer indoors… It was brutal. At the 5 hour mark in the work out room all by my self I thought, "no one will know, just call it a day." At that moment something inside of me said, "NO I am doing this and I am not cutting corners." I made a commitment to myself and I wanted to hold that up. During the competition, there were several times that I thought, "What am I doing? I can not go any further…" If I had not totally committed I would have quit.
Take some time out of your day to sit down and ask yourself, "What can I do to shake the cages, so to speak?" Change something in your life. Make it a drastic change for the good and see what happens to the rest of your life. You must make this change with commitment and really know that you want it. When people ask you why, tell them that it's between you and your mirror. You have made the commitment and you will stick to the change. You will be shocked at how all the other areas of your life look a little different and you see new solutions to old problems just with this decision to make a drastic change for the better in your lif