Tuesday, September 9, 2014

I am In

Well it is official. I signed up for Ironman Texas. My hope is that this is a journey of not just physical growth but also, and more importantly, spiritual growth. The verse that kept running through my mind as I hit the "register" button was "Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out before us." Hebrews 12:1.

My cloud of witnesses first and foremost are my husband and children. I want them to see Christ in me as I train. I want them to come first as I train. I want them to be my priority as I train. I want others to see Christ as I train. I want the things that hinder me to be thrown off....I don't know what those things are just yet but I am sure I will find out. Negative talk, frustration....who knows, but I will share as they come up.

Here is the bigger thing for me though..."let us run with perseverance the race marked out before us." So many thoughts come to mind with this: 1) what is perseverance? 2) what is the race that is marked out before me? ...it isn't just the Ironman....it is more than that it is life.

1) Perseverance's definition is "the quality that allows someone to continue trying to do something even though it is difficult" Oh I am quite sure this is going to be difficult. Do we really know what it is like to persevere? Life seems simple sometimes. I know it is not but right now that is where I am in life. Don't get me wrong I have had some hardships but right now life is good. And even though this is an 8 month journey until race day....is that really perseverance or does that take longer. I look at my friend's kids who are fighting cancer....that battle is much longer than 8 months. They are persevering. Me....maybe I am enduring. I want my kids to see what perseverance looks like. You don't quit because something is hard or doesn't go your way. Someone please remind me of these words on those training days that I don't feel like doing them.

2) The Race: Life: Ironman: What will I learn on this journey about life? I can't wait to see what God is going to teach me.

I hope that you find encouragement in this blog. I will update it as frequently as I can.

Monday, May 12, 2014

A Little Anxious

I am a little anxious about next weekend. You see I am going to go volunteer at Ironman Texas to register for next years race. I completed my first 70.3 two years ago and have completed two more since then. I have always wanted to do a full Ironman but the minute I register, it is going to become real and there is no backing out. My husband supports this. My daughters who are 2 and 4 have no clue what I am about to take on.

Here is what I am anxious about:
1) Can I complete this in the 17 hours?
2) Am I going to have enough time to train and not take away from family?
3) Will this take to much time away from my family that I will not be able to get back?
4) Is this a smart decision?

You see the Ironman has always been on my bucket list. I just want to do this one time:

I want to know that I am not only physically capable but also mentally.
I need to know that I have the mental toughness to do this.
I want to set an example to my kids about living a healthy lifestyle without being overly consumed.
I want to show my children to set goals and go after them.

I am sure this list will grow but for now, as I read people's post about racing this coming weekend. I get nervous too because I will be committing to something big. And once I commit to something I will see it through.