Next week St Pete and I leave for Kona, Hawaii. Coach Dave will already be there and dad will arrive the following week. Team Irongirl will be on the ground and I will be posting regular blog updates for the rest of Team Irongirl scattered around the world.
But before we get there I wanted to dedicate this post to a bit of reflection. The last 6 weeks have been tough. Moving house and training through winter have provided plenty of challenges and St Pete has had to weather more than his fair share of irongirl irrational meltdowns. To get through I've done a lot of reflection and reminded myself of my many strengths. So I wanted to share with you some thoughts I've saved via Pinterest and drawn upon when things got particularly tough.
Pull over to the side of your journey and look how far you've come. 18 years ago, at the ripe old age of 30, I tipped the scales at 108kg. For those of you who didn't know me back then it's probably hard to imagine but it does mean that I particularly empathise with those larger girls I see out there exercising and getting the job done any way they can. For me it's been an incredible journey of self discovery and I still have to remind myself that I am now 50kg lighter. I could write a whole book about that journey!
There are no shortcuts to endurance. You have to train yourself to make peace with the long route every day, and do it, and love where it is taking you. I had to remember this every time I headed out for a 4 hour ride, or a 5km swim. Consistency was the key and over the past 4 years a training set an hour or less has become thought of as just a short session. And who wouldn't love the fact that this is taking me to Kona?!
Strength. A river cuts through a rock not because of its power but it's persistence. If there's something I'm good at it's being persistent! But when I'm out in the middle of the lava fields, no doubt battling the famous winds on the bike, or running through the scorching heat of the Energy Lab I'll be remembering to just keep moving forward, no matter how hard it seems at the time.
And one final mantra, for which there is no picture: St Pete rocks.
Enough said :)
So there you have it, some of my favorite inspiring quotes and mantras that I try to live by, and will be calling upon on 11 October.
Kia kaha Team Irongirl - let's do this!