What motivates me has evolved over these 3 and half years I have been in triathlon.
In the beginning it was to have a reason to exercise. I had to train in order to just finish a triathlon. I had to get out and ride, swim, and run in order to finish a race and the race was somewhat the payoff.
Then racing became what motivated me. I loved to race. I loved to get out there and compete. Now, I have always and probably always will compete against myself. I have a log of all my splits from each race and I measure myself against the previous year and compete that way.
Then last year I began to find a new motivation in the bike segment of triathlon and this led to believing I can compete with others rather than just myself . . . Which brings me to this year.
What motivates me this year is time.
I weighed 452 pounds in 2005. I raced in my first triathlon at about 425 pounds. This year I will race at sub 220 LBS with NO BELLY in the way on the bike or killing me on the run.
I have time goals for the two races I am focusing on this year . . . Sub 5 1/2 hour finish IM 70.3 NOLA and sub 12 hour finish IMFL.
I know those are lofty for a bum like me, but I will do it.
This gives me the venue to once again thank so many of you guys who have helped me get here.
Seriously. Thank you. Thank so very much. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU. I am lucky to have friends in our Tri club and my BLOG who believed in me and even those who didn't that provided motivation as well. You guys are, as Tina says . . . "Simply the Best!".
What Motivates YOU?