It wasn't the stories of the stars, although they look TOUGH and like total ROCKSTARS. It wasn't even the stories of the random people that were tracked, although the 70 year old man was pretty cool and the veteran was inspiring. For me it was the possibility. The possibility that one day I may be able to complete an Ironman.
As the top guys (McCormack and Raelert) were running side by side, I was almost in tears. Two AMAZING athletes, both going for the win. McCormack even handed his wet sponge to Raelert to cool off. Wow... what respect for each other. Some words were exchanged by McCormack to Raelert that we later learned were: "no matter what happens, you’re a champion" and they never spoke again until the finish.
I was in complete awe of these two athletes. As McCormack gripped his side in agony, I wondered if he would make it. As Raelert fell behind, I wondered what he was thinking as he watched the title slip away.
I was this emotional about something that I have never even done before. Shoot, I have had a bike for over a week and have not been able to ride it because I do not have bike shoes. Crazy, right?
I never get this emotional over sports, but to see the effort that all of the athletes put into a race like this was AMAZING! My mother thinks I am CRAZY to even run a marathon, let alone dream of completing an IM someday. I joked and said, maybe by 35, I could do it and you should have seen her face. It was as if I has said I was could to climb Mt. Everest tomorrow or something (which BTW seems completely out of reach to me).
I have no idea what 2011 will hold for me as I train and compete in my first Triathlon. I plan to train hard and smart and come April, I will know. I will know whether an IM is in reach for me someday.... or if I have to place it in the same category as climbing Mt. Everest.
What are your goals for 2011?