Moments – the Past and the Present

Greetings to you all!

I will keep today brief and without focus or emphasis on the ridiculousness that is unfolding in our cities and towns and states all across the United States.

It’s one of my favorite days of the year – 6/23. A seemingly unexciting date for a vast majority of the universe, that is, of course, unless you participated in IRONMAN Coeur d’Alene in 2013. It has been seven years since one of the coolest (craziest?) days of my life. If you need a refresher, you can always brush up on your triathlon poems, but the gist is that I attempted and completed my first 140 mile race in just a touch over 11 hours. I don’t remember what I ate that evening, but I do remember how painful the shower was (ahhh, raw skin!). Ironically, I was going to be back in Coeur d’Alene this weekend, competing in the half – “only” 70.3 miles – but that has been bumped to Labor Day weekend. Ah, the best laid plans.

One might think that 11 hours would pass by ever so slowly and dreadfully. That really isn’t the case…within the moment, whether powering through the swim, or trying not to crack at hour four on the bike, or even stumbling through the final mile of the marathon, the individual moment lasted forever. But at several very distinct points during my day, I remember looking back and couldn’t help but think “I can’t believe that was six hours ago!”

On a similar note, where did those seven years go? And who would have thought that 2020 would have brought this version of 2020? Ugh – gross.

Let’s talk about moments for a minute. Moments that stick with you. Moments that change you. Moments that shape you. I’m not going to insult anyone and presume that you will ever forget 2020… regardless of whether you have a penchant for drama or not, I’m going to assume this year will stick with you, for a wide variety of reasons. But what have been the highlights? The low-lights? What have been the great things that won’t ever leave? What are the repulsive experiences that you’ve witnessed that you want to institute change for? At least for me, I’m so quick to forget the great things (and yes, even 2020 has some great things), and only dwell on the crummy things. I’ve been working on it for six months this year. I guess I’ll be working on a more positive mindset for many more to come…

Much better than just getting a t-shirt.

I have done several IRONMAN races since, but none stick with me in such a physical and emotional sense as that first one. Even my fastest race to date, which was significantly quicker than the 2013 version, doesn’t leave a sensation anything as familiar and special as the first. I walk by our fridge every single day and am reminded of a wonderful 11 hours and 7 minutes of my life… and that’s excluding all of the time spent training, recovering, and eating ;-)

We must use the time we are given as well as we are able. In this life we are not promised this experience or that success or X number of trips – we never know the when or what or why – but we should rise to the challenge.

Coming soon: a survival guide for 2020 :D

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