Your season starts today is what has been going through my mind all morning. It started when I went to the pool for a brisk 2200 yards and during the swim the number 4,5,6 and in that order hit me. That is what I need to be at in order to have a chance for qualifying for Las Vegas when I race in Puerto Rico. They kept rolling over in my mind. With every stroke I thought 4,5,6. With every breath I thought 4,5,6. With every yard passing by I thought 4,5,6.
During the 400 yard set I was to be in Zone 2 which should have been around 2:01 but going over those numbers in my head I wound up swimming those 400 yards in 7:40 or 1:55. Not a big difference in terms of time but it meant I was beginning the 4,5,6 chase. I finished that set and went to my car with visions of 4,5,6 in my head. When I get in my car ready to head to Bikram yoga I heard an interview with Tony Gonzalez on ESPN.
Tony Gonzalez was talking to Mike & Mike about retiring after this year and the words that he said echoed inside my car for what seemed like an eternity. Mr Gonzalez said that he could physically play for another 2-3 years but going to practice and getting ready in February was what has caused him to think of retirement. He said that if he were to win a championship it all started in February. The off-season is where he made his season and not September through January.
Going to yoga I thought about this and said today is the day that my season starts. If I want that slot to Vegas I have to make sure that the workouts I do today are what is going to get me there. 4,5,6 starts today it doesn’t start in March at the cannon. The yoga class was great and every time the instructor asked us to stretch further I interpreted that as taking another inch toward 4,5,6. It was not an easy class but as every pose passed by I kept reflecting on 4,5,6. With every breath of the hot air I thought 4,5,6. As I got dressed and went for a recovery shake I thought this recovery is helping me get to 4,5,6.
Pushing past my comfort zone started when I asked Maria and John to work with me this season. Pushing past my comfort zone started when I did my swim time trial and gave it all I had. Pushing past my comfort zone started when I was doing my bike time trial this week and I could feel the bile building up in my throat on the second session. Pushing past my comfort zone today so that I can race in Las Vegas in September is what I have to do.
This is not a question of maybe I will do this, but more of a statement of me doing it. I wrote a note on my laptop two weeks after Ironman Arizona with the time 5:10. Two weeks later I found myself researching what it took at 70.3 Puerto Rico to get to Vegas for the World Championships. I found out that just at 5:00 in the M40-44 Age Group got you there and so the numbers 4,5,6 are now on my note with the 5:10 crossed out. It is no longer good enough to give myself some room. I have to chase my dreams and that starts today.
I am not waiting for Christmas to pass so that I have an excuse to eat everything in sight. I am not waiting for January 1st so that I can make a resolution. I am acting today and my resolution come January 1st will be: KEEP GOING! 4,5,6 is what I need to achieve my dreams but my dreams start today with action.