It seems like yesterday that I was blogging about having a year until my IRONMAN 70.3. And now that time has been cut in half, or actually a little more than half since they announced that there is going to be a 70.3 in Arizona on the course that I’m going to be doing my full IRONMAN in a year and a half.
So what do I know now that I’m six months farther along?
Finding equipment is even more ridiculous than I thought it would be: from the wetsuit drama, to the (ongoing) bike drama (blog post to come soon), to just finding clothing in my size. It’s like a whole separate IRONMAN just getting myself to the starting line with the equipment I need. (There’s an entire post – at least – in talking about the hypocrisy of a society that hounds fat people to exercise – total bullshit of course, nobody of any size has any obligation to exercise- but makes it so difficult to find equipment that works for us.)
Some people are jerks – Ok, I already knew this one, I’m just always surprised by it. I simply would never choose to use my free time to tell someone whose work I disagree with that I hope they fail at some personal goal they’ve chosen, but apparently there are lots of trolls who don’t share my values. Every single day people take their precious time on Earth to let me know that they hope I fail, or die, or fail and then die. Not to mention the long drawn out abuses of mathematics to suggest that what I want to do (and often things I’ve already done in workouts) are mathematically impossible. Go volunteer for something you believe in why dontcha?
Lots of people are awesome So many people have used their precious time on Earth to support me and I could not be more grateful. Huge massive big fat thanks to my partner Julianne who has been completely amazing, my family (Julianne, my mom and her best friend, and my Best Friend and his husband are all traveling to Arizona to be there for my 70.3,) Everyone who takes the time to say encouraging things on this blog, Twitter, and Facebook, the people in the Fit Fatties Forum,(thanks for all the great advice as well!) my friends who I get to see offline who ask me how I doing, my physical therapists Julie and Arnold who are always super encouraging, my coaches Steve and Ingrid, and anyone who I may have missed. I have a massive support network and I truly appreciate all of you!
I was right about the lessons: One of the big reasons that I started this whole journey was because I wanted to see what lessons there were in going outside of my athletic comfort zone. Even without the constant discouragement and death wishes, getting up and trying to set a PR or two every day doing things that I don’t really love doing and that I’m not really good at is giving me lots of opportunities to push out of my comfort zone and really test my will to achieve a goal I set for myself.
I’m on track and I have 6 month to make this happen and I believe I will cross the finish line in Arizona in October. Right now I gotta get back out there because there’s lots more to learn!
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