I never thought that my first blog would be so difficult. I’ve probably stared at this computer screen for 3 hours with a blinking cursor and a blank white page. Starting a blog is hard. Why should I make one? Who would read this? What do I have to offer?
There are lot’s of questions in my head.
I did my first triathlon in May of 2014. It was the Lifetime CapTex Sprint Triathlon in Austin Texas. It was a fun first experience into the sport of triathlon. Looking back on those days leading up to that event I realize that I really didn’t dedicate THAT much time to training. I even almost walked during the run portion and probably would have if a gigantic storm hadn’t blown in. But that story is for a different time. The reason I bring that up is that in 2015 I had signed up for 2 Ironman 70.3s. The first was April 10, 2016 in Galveston and the second will be August 07, 2016. I signed up for these races with only one prior triathlon under my belt.
As I began to train for Galveston, I had a lot more time to myself. Long swims, long bike rides, long runs, and long brick work outs. I found that the experience was much different from my first sprint triathlon. There was a massive difference in spending an hour to myself a few times a week, to spending many hours alone training everyday. And I don’t mean just in terms of the stress it puts on your body to train. The big difference was how much my mind needed(and still needs) to grow in order to take on longer endurance sports.
You get to learn a lot about yourself when you start doing endurance work. Aside from all of the fun triathlon nerd data stuff like FTP, watts, HR, etc. You also learn what motivates you. What keeps you moving forward, and where you want to be. You learn to overcome and rise above. I follow a lot of triathletes on Facebook, Instagram, and blogs. So many of their stories helped me overcome my first 70.3. They inspire me and help me to strive to be a better version of myself each day.
So now back to my original questions for myself. Why should I make a blog? Who would read this? What do I have to offer? I’ve made this blog because I learned a lot about myself through my journey and I want to share that. I know that many will stop by this page and move on, there are many very good blogs out there. But I hope that in some way, I can help inspire you to overcome the obstacle you’re facing today, help you to strive to be better than you were yesterday. I also hope to learn more from you. I am very far from my goals. You’ll see that for yourself as my blog continues, but the support I’ve gained from others really is amazing.