Fear and How to Break Through It

Last week felt like the never-ending week. I was afraid it would not end, and crummy things would keep happening.  (Please note, these are mostly #FWP crummy things, not horrible things).  I was afraid.   Afraid that the “bad stuff” would not stop.

Fears. Fear of not finishing an event that I prepared for over six months, and spent over 12 hours the day of the race moving toward the finish line.

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Looking at that fear logically, I need to:

  • Swim 2.4 miles in 2 hours & 20 minutes.  This is a 3:37/100 yard pace.  I have this in the bag.  
  • Bike 112 miles by 6:20 PM.  That’s 12.44 mph.  Practice how to change a flat, and I can do this. 
  • Run a marathon by midnight.  Run at a 13:30 pace and I can do this.  

Sometimes you have to take a step back to figure out how to move forward.

No more bare legs for this girl!

In the end, I decided that I can only control what I can, and to work on those things.  And to try not to worry about the stuff beyond my control.  Lists are becoming good. And research.  Breaking down my fear of not finishing Ironman becomes a lot less worrisome when I look at it from the perspective of the individual events and the paces required for each one.

What have you been afraid of?  How do you address your fears? 

Monday Motivation

Forget All The Reasons Why It Won't Work

Motivation Monday

 

making a big life change is scary

 

Sometimes I think about my IM2014 quest and the different points at which I could say “No, I’m not going to do this.”  There are tons of detractors along the way, but I think the biggest motivation for me is I want to see how much I can push myself to be how I want to be.  That doesn’t mean Chrissie Wellington skinny, or Crowie-fast, but can I dedicate myself to streamline my life, to put in training practices when I am tired? Can I push myself to fuel with healthy foods that will make me stronger? Can I support my body, both physically and mentally, to carry me through 140.6 miles?

That’s why I’m doing it.  I don’t want to wonder.