Thursday, October 1, 2009

The power of a dream...and the bumble bee

If it were not for dreams...what would we have?? Honestly!! I have absolutely no desire to float through life with no vision, no passion and no GOAL. Ive gone a little nuts over Ironman. I freely admit that I am totally obsessed with this goal but I also believe that Ironman would be impossible even for the finest of athletes without that burn in your gut...that desire to achieve that matter if it's breaking the women's record like Chrissie Wellington or crossing the line before the clock strikes midnight.

But before this Ironman dream, there is the Half Ironman that looms just 2 1/2 days away. I felt differently than last year as I step on the treadmill for my running workout with Hector today. We went through each part of the race. We went over nutrition. We went through step by step the goals I am looking to accomplish. "You're more ready for this race than any other race you have faced" Hector told me. Half me REALLY wants to believe him. The other half of me recognizes that he is one helluva cheerleader.

Belief is key. Belief is what sustains you when the times get tough. When the legs burn and one more step just doesn't seem possible, that's the moment that all you have left is hope and belief!! I really have to knock the negative out of my head and just keep the good!!

I have gained a new nickname lately from my best friend, Rick. He calls me Bumble Bee. Wanna know why?

According to 20th century folklore, the laws of aerodynamics prove that the bumblebee should be incapable of flight, as it does not have the capacity (in terms of wing size or beats per second) to achieve flight with the degree of wing loading necessary. Not being aware of scientists 'proving' it cannot fly, the bumblebee succeeds under "the power of its own ignorance"

The general triathlon population might look at me and think "no way!" but I have other plans. I have two planned flights: Atlantic Coast Triathlon ... and Ironman Florida.



TriJenPB said...

Oh I just love your attitude! I hope you do great at both of your events. I really enjoy reading your blog, I don't find it negative at all, I find it real. This is YOUR outlet, you write what you want. People can choose to read it or not. Good luck and I'm looking forward to the race report!

Kelly said...

Good luck this weekend!! BZZZZZ!!!


Good luck with the race. Looks like good weather, cloudy and 60 to low 80s.

I don't know what you think, but my thoughts are to use the tri bike this time??

Tri Mommy said...

I carry a little wooden bumblebee in my bento box. As triathletes, I think we all do a little of the impossible out of our "own ignorance."

I agree with Hector, though. You are super ready and I know you will have a great race report for us for both this weekend and IMFL!

Kim said...

What an awesome post! I love it! The moment you said about the bumble bee I remembered that I had heard that before -that it really shouldn't be able to do what it does - but it still does! You have your plan now go after it! I would be happy to chat with you about Ironman.. not thta I have tons of experience but I do have a little (one!) and I'll share every last bit of advice I have - email me!!! Maybe after your half..that way you can concentrate on that! GOOD LUCK!! GO GET EM Bumblebee!

Kristen said...

I must say, the last three entries are just what I needed to read. Time to find my own goal. Best of luck this weekend!

Irene Odell said...

That's right girl!! You FLY and FLY...and if anyone gets in the way of your dreams....STING THEM!


Saw the results and notice the lack of a follow up blog..

We'll find you 30 minutes on each side (half) of the marathon.... alright??