Thursday, November 15, 2012

A goal is a dream with a deadline.....



A goal is a dream with a deadline....Napoleon Hill

A deadline!...my life is full of deadline.  I feel like my world is set on a timer.  Dives at Disney are 40 minutes...snorkeling excursions are 30 minutes.  Running, biking and swimming miles are timed...and each precious increase in speed is celebrated... We pay bills with a deadline and set goals with a certain time and date.

Deadlines....hmmmmm....indeed.

I am a believer in dreams.  I believe dreams are powerful and life altering.  I believe your life goals and dreams should be written in concrete with the dates of completion written in sand.  Sometimes you have to push that sand away and write a new date....a new timeline....a new cut off time.

So has been my life in the world of Ironman.

I first came in contact with Ironman in 2006.  They needed rescue divers to work the swim course in Panama City.  I found out through a triathlon website that they had this need and applied for the volunteer slot.  I was granted it and I was excited.

I watched the triathletes get ready for the race and the full scope of what an Ironman was started to materialize before me.  It wouldn't be until years later that I would fully understand the hours of training and dedication it takes to achieve such a goal.  I was inspired by every athlete that passed me in the water as I watched with a regulator in my mouth.  I was even more inspired by those who pushed themselves through the water to make the cut off time.  It was quite emotional.

And as I stood at the finish line near midnight as a finish line volunteer, the atmosphere..the drama...and the hard work of each of those people helped create a dream in me that has never gone away...

Fast forward to 2012...Two attempts at Ironman...2 DNF's...and that's me in the photo above...signing on the dotted line one more time...all for a dream. The deadline of my dream has been written in sand and changed many times...now the new date is November 2nd, 2013....15 years almost to the day since my gastric bypass.  I will be 50 years old...and that was my original deadline...to complete an Ironman in my 50th year.

Dreams and goals are amazing....keep pushing...keep dreaming....keep working...and they will become yours.

DEDICATED TO MY FRIEND, ELIZABETH CREPEAU, AS SHE ATTEMPTS HER DREAM OF IRONMAN ARIZONA 2012.