Saturday, May 23, 2015

You're An Ironman! So what?

"I am Ironman.
Has he lost his mind?
Can he see or is he blind?
Can he walk at all
or if he moves will he fall?
Is he alive or dead?
Has he thoughts within his head?
We'll just pass him there 
Why should we ever care?"
Black Sabbath

I trained so hard for this race.  3-8 hours a day actually.
Between my new job and this training cycle, I might as well have set up a tent at Life Time Fitness.
Ridiculous really.....
But I am an Ironman.

My apartment- a mess.
My relationships- void.
I have not been present as a coach, mom or girlfriend.....
But I am an Ironman.

I shook for two hours after every cold, open water swim,
Ran on the most hot and humid days.
I talked to myself for hours on lonely bike rides-
and have paid for my chiropractor's Mercedes Benz.....
But I am an Ironman.

I have been unsure
and unhappy at times.....
But I'm an Ironman.

But  you see- I have overcome my FEAR of the open water
and am in the best shape of my life.
I am strong and persistent.
I'm stubborn, resilient and confident.
I have self discipline, laser focus and a competitive nature.

I expect the best from myself,
and I love my sport ( all three of them).

I am an Ironman-
and I am proud.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

The Beauty of the Female Athlete

It's noon and she still has raccoon eyes....not the typical "day after" makeup, but residual rings from her sunrise swim.
Her hair is always pulled up in a messy bun because she would rather run an extra 30 min then spend the time with a straightening iron.
Her curves are in her biceps and calves instead of her chest.
You know her sport from her tan lines, and all you have to do is mention strength training for the veins to pop in her forearms.
She is perpetually cold, and hungry.
Getting fake eyelashes would be like throwing $200 into the swampy lake, and her nails are kept short out of necessity.  
She has muscles down to her feet, and wears black nail polish to cover bruised toenails.
She looks ridiculous in frilly dresses- she will never be considered "petite".  
Wrinkles surround her sun kissed lips.

But she has a sparkle in her eyes
And desire in her heart.
Passion permeates her being
and she is confident and secure.  

She is strong
And she is beautiful.