Friday, June 27, 2008


I headed over to the pool during lunch time. Did nothing big. 500 m warm up and 1000 m pull (pull buoy).

It felt great to be in the water. I purchased a 10 pass at the pool around my work area. It's good to get some training during the work day. week have been going fairly well. I am surprise I wasn't too shell from the hill repeats on Wed.

Yesterday I met up with a friend and went for a run after work. She was learning to run. And I showed her some of the trails around my area.

She asked me questions about training and what not...and I am not very good at thinking on my feet. When it comes to questions like...'how do you have the motivation to get up 5 am in the morning and swim?' or 'Have you ever consider quitting? What did you do?'

I am dumbfounded.

I don't know is my first response. I shared glimpses of what I experienced. Something here. Something there. To wrap up one liner to explain how I felt in an Ironman...I would say you will find out who you really are.

As I was sharing, I also realize that I never really thought about quitting in Ironman. When I train, I thought about quitting all the time. Especially why not I am not training as much (like now). During Ironman, I don't recollect one moment where I really want to quit and go home. There wasn't a moment in the water where I thought about bailing. Or think about how far I have to go. Or on the bike, I never thought about quitting after climbing the hills. When it was tough, I simply stop for a minute. Took a break and keep moving.

I figure part of it is the fact that not many people who had cancer and a liver transplant to be able to participate in a triathlon (let alone going long). Why quit now when kids are fighting for their lives in the hospital?

The run was good. I had a great time yapping about triathlon and how it related to my life.

From now till Tuesday will be a lot of training. The weather is looking fantastic here and I look forward to swim, bike and run.

Have a great weekend.


brendaj said...

That's a great way of putting it...why quit now?

ShirleyPerly said...

Good to do some introspection once in a while, I think. Glad to hear weather will be good for getting in some training!

Aaron said...

I know exactly what you mean. It's a lot harder to get out and train the km (or metres if you're swimming) than it is to race the distance. Never once occurred to me to quit at IMLP.

Brent Buckner said...

If one won't turn away once a goal is set, one must be very careful indeed in goal-setting!

Runner Susan said...

i can't see quitting ever being an option for you!

Michael said...

When you put in the time the racing is easy(ish). If you simplify it, you can either tough it out when training in the morning, after work or on the weekend... or on race day. I know which I preferred. Keep doing what you're dong.

How was the training this weekend?