"The most difficult thing is the decision to act. The rest is merely tenacity. The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything you decide to do. You can act to change and control your life and the procedure. The process is its own reward." –Amelia Earhart
On the eve of my first half ironman, I’m feeling inspired and empowered. I’m going out there tomorrow to breathe in the beauty of nature. I’m going out there tomorrow to have fun. For my dreams. For my health. For my happiness. I’m going out there tomorrow because I’m dedicated to being the best version of myself every single day.
Getting to this point of being able to compete in an event, such as a half ironman, means many hours of preparation. Preparation means dedication. Dedication means practicing even when you don’t feel like it. “The most difficult thing is the decision to act. The rest is merely tenacity.” The decision to be determined and dedicated takes courage. There are many fears that come up while training for your dreams. They make you second guess yourself and make you feel like you can’t do it. The fears are illusions. “You can do anything you decide to do.”
My full time job requires that I fly all over the country to hospitals conducting clinical trials. I am constantly on a plane. There are times when I am in a different city every single day. And I still have been dedicated to training for this race and staying healthy. Why? Because I believe “You can act to change and control your life and the procedure.” And so that’s what I do. I take the necessary actions to create my reality.
Regardless of how tomorrow goes, the process of getting here is my reward. I’m the healthiest I have ever been and I feel blessed to have my health. 70.3 I’m coming for you.
When I think about my health, I’m constantly reminded of our angel, Alicia. This week last year was our last week with her. Alicia died of Cystic Fibrosis. Breathing sucks for people with CF. After losing her, I recognized within myself that I could step it up. I wanted to honor my strength and health in memory of her. And here I am. Alicia, you fought for so long, let us fight now.
Donate here to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation for Team Alicia’s Angels. We’re going to be cycling together in late September for the Cycle For Life ride on Long Island.