Hi guys! This is my Mamavation Monday post for June 4, 2012.
I’m straying for my usual format of sharing with you my training accomplishments and my goals for the next week. Instead I want to share with you my story about removing limitations.
Nineteen months ago, I gave birth to my third daughter, Amber. At the time I had her, it had been 8 years since I really pushed myself in an athletic event. Although I had run half-marathons, and marathons and competed in triathlons BEFORE having kids, I hadn’t done much since, and truthfully I was pretty out of shape. Though I wasn’t that much larger than I was before kids, I still had lost a lot of endurance, power, speed, strength, balance, flexibility (and firmness of my muscles).
After having Amber, I looked at my post-baby jelly belly, flabby arms and dimpled thoughs, and thought of all of my athletic dreams that I had been setting aside because of the kids.
(I found this as a pin on Pinterest, though the orginal source is: http://motivationintohabit.tumblr.com/)
I took a hard look at myself and realized *I* was my biggest limiting factor. No one else was stopping me from accomplishing my dreams.
So I wrote out my bucket list.
Over the past 19 months I’ve been slowly working on making what I once thought were “dreams”, into GOALS, and as I’ve shared with you before, one of my biggest goals in life is to complete a 70.3 Ironman (in Canada, we call this a 1/2 Ironman distance triathlon).
Well yesterday I got a little bit closer to that goal: I did the longest bike ride of my LIFE!
I’m bursting at the seams with excitement over this! I borrowed a bike from a co-worker, and rode SEVENTY FIVE KILOMETERS (48 miles) at the Becel Ride for Heart (holy crap that’s far). I also raised $390 in pledges for the Heart and Stroke Foundation!
I’m over the moon with that feeling of accomplishment from doing something you never thought was possible:
Nineteen months ago, my dream of doing a 70.3 Ironman was just that… A dream. But with over a year of regular working out, that dream has become so MUCH closer to becoming a reality. I’m building my running, swimming and now even my cycling endurance week by week – slowly lifting the limitations that I had set for myself and I’m turning my dreams in GOALS! I cannot express how ALIVE this makes me feel!
Thank you to everyone who helped me raise money for the Heart and Stroke Foundation, to my co-worker who generously lent her bike to me, and to ALL of you who inspire me and support me in reaching for my goals each and every day!