IMLOU Ironman Louisville 140.smth miles of tri – 2 weeks later, 14.5 hours – October (signed up on site as a last moment decision)
And all the days in between filled up.
It’s been a big year packed condensed into just 10 months.
– What motivates you to do all this? – they ask me in office when we get to talk about the distances I do.
– What’s the point? – I get that question sometimes as well . I used to think it’s a statement more of a question. Now I know my answer, so it’s easy to answer it as well/
– It’s crazy, why bother if you are not winning the 1st place? (getting faster / doing only PRs – you name it) – I get this as well.
– It’s amazing how you do all this.
– How do you do all this?
When I started running, got my bike, got swimming and discovered a whole world of athletes of all sorts and types , I felt as a baby among those with history of endless races of all sorts of distances I saw the way all these dreamers and doers imprint of their personality into the history of a place they live at .
I test limits during all those hours and hours and hours on trails, in the pool, on my bike. I get them redefined for myself. I grow.
It’s mental – assorting knowledge, learning, remembering, using my knowledge for better performance. It’s being sure and positive and calm in any given situation.
It’s practical – by getting that strong I get so much energy to perform better at anything I get to do.
It’s spiritual – it takes faith.
It’s letting go and jumping head first sometimes. It’s loving the world and people I get to meet.
– What motivates you to do all this?
– Life does – I say. – I love my life. I love living breathing it all – the water, the air, the earth beneath me and everything around. Being able to experience this all – that’s what motivates me. Curiosity about what ELSE is out there if I can do THIS?
Life driven by curiosity, not just by practical calculations or logical conclusions.
– Why do you do all this?
To experience life with those folks that might be as crazy as I am. To share life. To love. Right where I am and around where I landed. Changing the world around me with my tribe. Not searching for an allegedly better place.
I am already in my “better place”.
It’s been what looks like the happiest and most fulfilling year in my life.
– Let this race be your celebration of an amazing year! – my coach said before I went to IMCHOO-2016.
And celebration it was. A year packed with moments of a bright happy life. Wind in my hair, sweat and soreness. Water on my face , pressed upon my hands. Laughs and memories created together with my tribe.