What you will read below was my, “Official About Me Statement Pre-Ironman Louisville.” I considering deleting it and re-writing it to reflect the present, however, I felt that on some level, it’s still relevant. It reflects who I am, but at the same time reminds me of the overwhelming goal I had in front of me of the time I wrote it:
Who am I? This is never an easy question. I am a wife and a mother. I am NOT (and never have been) an athlete. I am a gym rat. I don’t obsess over hair, makeup or clothing (unless the label happens to read “moisture wicking”). I DO obsess over just about everything else (and my husband will back me up on that). I can think of nothing more important than God, family, and freedom, which is why I’ve undertaken what I would have declared impossible eight months ago…. I, the non-athlete, plan to spend the next year training for August 28th, 2011. I will be at Ironman Louisville with two goals in mind: 1) Raise money and awareness to support our troops as part of Team Reserve Aid; and 2) Beat the 17 hour cut-off and become an Ironman!
And now – now I AM an Ironman, and I have experience (albeit minimal!) on my side. I will take what I’ve learned training for and racing Ironman Louisville and apply it to Ironman NYC. August 11th, 2012. Goal #1 remains the same: Raise money and awareness for ReserveAid. Goal #2 has changed. I KNOW I can beat the 17 hour cutoff. Now I’m out to beat myself. I am my competition. I finished IM Louisville in 13 hours, 53 minutes and 19 seconds. I KNOW I am faster than that.
The question is, by how much?
I’m ready, and I’m looking forward to a new season of training and racing!