Wednesday, 12 August 2009

"It's a Long Way"

since i've started this triathlon business, i've been consistently intrigued by the various reactions of people when they learn of my quests.

the majority, are positive; "Wow! A Triathlon! That's Incredible!"

the majority, also, then proceed to internalise; "Oh I could *never* do that. My swimming/biking/running is terrible. I might be okay at the other two... but no, I could never- "

since i've committed (mentally) to the Half IronMan, there has been a distinct shift in the response of others. Positive exclamations have been few and far between. It seems the word 'ironman' - even with the 'half' tacked onto the front - provokes responses much more complicated in nature.

the majority, now, are doubters. "Ohhhh, no, really? That's *such* a long way, that's crazy, do you really want to do that, how long will that take?"

this is only the start of my journey, so it will be with great interest to reflect as the journey progresses. however i did find this incredible quote from

(it's smaller print, i know, but worth the squint effort!)

The Ironman will try and psyche you out and wear you down over the course of the year. If you know what to expect then each swing Ironman takes at you will have less effect. The way ironman can beat you is with self doubt. If your self doubt gets to a point where you decide not to take on the challenge then Ironman has beaten you. This is where it beats most people even before they even get close to the start line. The first self doubt weapon is in the form of other people. They will constantly either tell you or imply that “you can’t do it” when they have no idea if you can or not. They will tell you “it is a long way” which is not rocket science. They will tell you they had a friend who has done Ironman and make them out to be much better than you. If they have done it themselves and are really self absorbed they will even imply how much better they are than you. The other even more deadly weapon is Ironman intimidating you directly. This will be you telling yourself you cannot possibly do something like that. What where you thinking? Are you insane? Don’t tell anyone or they will laugh, your not good enough, etc. This is all ironman trickery and not true at all. Be ready for it and know that this is what prevents everyone else from taking on the challenge.

nicely said.

for me it touches on the core of why i can shrug to the concept of longer distances; because it's about seeing something seemingly impossible, and working towards that goal until it's very possible.

essentially; life's not tailored to sit on the sideline and tell yourself all the things you can't do



Andy Walker said...

If you can train for an Olympic and go sub 3 hours first time out then there's no reason why you can't train for and complete a half Ironman. I know and more importantly You know that you can do it! Go Ali! I'm looking forward to reading about your journey.

teacherwoman said...

I think it's funny when people respond that way to longer distances... and then they really never have a clue as to how far a half ironman truly is. LOL.

You go girl!

Danielle said...

I got the same thing when people found out about my marathon training! They would be all "that's so far" and look at me like I was crazy...and then they'd ask me how far it was, lol.

You can totally do it!

Anonymous said...

"If you always put limit on everything you do, physical or anything else. It will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them."
Bruce Lee.

You can do everything and anything if you want it enough Al, and make sure you do it with a smile on your face! The more people doubt you, the more incentive to succeed. Welcome the cynics and disbelievers. It will just make you more determined, and make your inevitable success even more sweet.