Life is full of setbacks and challenges. It's important not to let them get in the way of what you want to do.
Here are some I faced on my road to Ironman - none of which could defeat me (although that truck came bloody close... read on...)
I was diagnosed in 2000 with this nasty condition. I haven't talked about it on this blog because frankly, it's embarrassing. But I think there's value in those who suffer from it to know there is life beyond the diagnosis.
I've been lucky in many ways, as despite a few flare-ups my doctor has found a combination of drugs that has kept me healthy for a few years now. I can't help but thing my change in lifestyle provides some benefit too, but that's just speculation on my part!
IT Band Syndrome
I have yet to meet a runner who went from starting running to running marathons without some kind of injury. Mine was ITBS.
This cost me several months of running a few years in a row, many visits to physio, and finally - mercifully - a visit to a podiatrist, who found that I was a severe over-pronator. He prescribed orthotic inserts, and I've been running injury-free since.
Getting Hit By a Truck
I was on my bike, commuting to work, and I got hit by a truck.
He was turning left, I was going straight, he didn't see me and I couldn't stop in time.
The result: a mild concussion, a banged up face, puffy hands (and permanently bent pinky fingers!).
It took me a few weeks to get back on my bike, and even longer to feel like I wasn't about to get smacked again any second!
I love my kids, but balancing the demands of family life and training has always been a challenge.
Tuck the kids in then head out for a 9pm swim. Wake up at 5am to get in a 20k run before work. Saturday sleep-in? Nope - up at 6am to do 160k on the bike before lunch, so the rest of the day can be spent with the family.
Lose weight, gain weight, lose weight, gain weight... it's a vicious cycle. If I don't watch my diet I gain weight, no matter how much I'm exercising. I even managed to put on pounds during Ironman training!
And So On...
Ultimately there are a million reasons not to do something hard.
Most will never try. Some will give up. And a few will overcome and succeed.
Which one will you be?