How to Get Out The Door on Those Mornings You Don't Want To

Not everyone can be an Ironman. Not everyone wants to be an Ironman. And, some that want to be an Ironman are told they don't have what it takes. But once you're an Ironman, you're an Ironman for eternity. It was an Ironman who came up with, "Swim 2.4 miles, bike 112 miles, run 26.2 miles, and brag for the rest of your life."

                                   Navy SEAL Captain John Collins
                                   USNA 1959 

Navy SEAL David Goggins

If the above is the only thing you remember when you walk out the door on a lousy weather day, when you'd rather stay in bed, rather do almost anything else, let it be this! 

Everyone encounters days where it's easier not to get out of bed, not to think about working out, not see what your thermometer reads.  And some days you do go back to sleep.  Not often, but it does happen.  It's OK, not something to beat yourself up about or get too worked up over.  But keep it an only once in a while experience, OK?  On those other days, when you know it's cold, or windy, or both, just think about the transition area of a recent "A" race.  

Let's see, body marking was pretty smooth, oh, and look at the water, smooth as glass today.  I'll park my bike get the message.  Think about a carrot of some kind, the calorie expenditure of your five mile run and how close you are to your racing weight.  Just  a couple more miles and you'll have 40 for the week.  Play the mind game, get dressed from the "everything I'll need in the morning" pile of clothes you laid out last night and before long, when the first drop of sweat beads up on your forehead you'll think, "Whew and to think I almost slept in today.  I'm not going fast, but I'm going."  In the words of multiple national age group swim record holder Shirley Loftus-Charley, "A slow time is better than no time."*

You know she's right.

One of the athletes I profiled for Ironman Hawaii this year was Brett Kruse, a gent who works for Starbucks.

He has a very inspirational story involving breaking his foot five weeks before Kona but overcoming this for his 14th Ironman finish.  One of many take aways from his personal victory was, even though he was told by his doctor early on that he had no business going to Hawaii, he was going anyway.  His thought process?  "Well, I can stay home and watch the race on TV, bitter, or, I can go to Kona, do the swim, do the bike and see. See what happens.  If I can walk or run, fine.  If I can't then I won't be wondering for the rest of my life what if I'd tried."

He finished!

So for the rest of us, finishing, starting actually, is what we do.  "A slow time is better than no time."

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