Sunday, October 27, 2013

...and Beyond!

I added the "and Beyond" to the title of my blog after I completed 2011 Ironman Florida.  Like most competitors, after finishing a big race there's a bit of reflection.  It's probable a result of the steep drop in required weekly exercise and the question what's next?.

As I was blowing leaves today with my awesome Stihl backpack blower, I do some of my best thinking while doing yard work, I reflected on what finishing my second Ironman will mean.  I think it will mean a return to balance in my life.  Balance in spending time with my wife, becoming more engaged at work, limiting my participation in various volunteer groups, and enjoying limited exercise again.

I love running but I don't want to have to do it.  I love cycling but I don't want to feel that I have to ride 100 miles in the rain.  I like swimming but when it's cold, you can have it!  I still remember going to the Beaches Aquatic Center with my mom to try-out for the team.  I was about 6 years old and had just learned how to swim.  If I recall correctly, it was in the fall and even though we lived in Florida the water was cold.  I said NO!  It's funny the things you remember.  I remember running two miles in 12:06 on a Fort Bliss, Texas track when I was in the U.S. Army.  That's fast for me.  I would have been about 24 years old.

If there's anything that one should take away from this is that there's life after Ironman.  I'll never again see the speed that I had when I was in my 20's.  I guess satisfaction comes from just knowing that I did it.  The same is true for Ironman.  Kona or not,the journey is part of the mystique.

Thanks for reading.

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