I was inspired today. I met up with a new friend, Meghann, from one of my favorite blogs, Meals and Miles for a ride and I loved her attitude about tackling new challenges. It reminded me, yet again, how much I love interacting with people that enjoy pushing themselves. She’s a runner tackling her first half-Ironman and sounds ready to take on the most challenging part….training for a half-Ironman. Which involves a lot of swimming, biking, running , and strength training.
The main reason I loved her attitude was she was willing to –
1. Try something new and challenging.
2. Put in the effort to meet her goals.
3. Push her body beyond its normal threshold.
4. Be positive about the whole experience.
And that’s really why I love this sport. I continually meet people interested in trying new distances and events, going out of their comfort zone, improving their health and fitness, and basically “putting themselves out there. It translates beautifully to life. Take that risk on someone you like, a position you deserve, etc. You might surprise yourself. I constantly give myself that extra nudge in “real” life because I conquered fears in the triathlon world. “Come on Courtney, you did a half-Ironman…you can take this on!”
Besides motivating myself, I love this sport because it motivates other people. Lately, I’ve been seeing a lot of people participating in the C25K program. It’s a program that helps people go from the Couch to a 5K. There is something I love about seeing people work their way from being relatively inactive to a 5K.
Partially because I sincerely hope they see how working out can be incorporated into a busy schedule and even give you more energy! I also hope they have such an awesome experience running their 5K that they get bit by what I like to call “The Bug”. This just means wanting to sign up for another race, and another, and another…like what happened to me. There’s a great sense of accomplishment that comes with finishing a race.
It was refreshing training with somebody exciting to take on “their next big thing”. I look forward to every opportunity this sport offers to inspire others and be inspired…