WEEK 23 - FORTUNE FAVOURS THE BOLD
You simply have to put one foot in front of the other and keep going. Put blinders on and plow right ahead.
Today see's the end to another week and I'm glad to report that I'm still in one piece after todays Olympic Triathlon in Belfast. Over the last two weeks I have been nursing an injury which has prevented me from biking and running, which has been both frustrating and worrying, however thankfully my exertions today appear to have had no negative effect (as yet).
This morning I was up at 6am and after getting some breakfast into me, I loaded the car with my tri gear and set sail for Belfast. I was looking forward to todays event as there were over 800 competitors entered and the weather appeared to be holding up. However I spoke too soon for as soon as we hit the river Lagan heading out of Belfast towards Scotland, the water taps came on, and heavy rain with crosswinds was the feature of the day for the rest of the event. It was hard going at times but I can say that I learnt a lot out there today. One of the big things for me today was the fact that it's clear my mental strength is improving all the time. When it got tough today I dug deep and was very thankful that I was able to compete at all today, and also thankful for many other things going on in my life at the minute. This type of diversion thinking, got me through the 24 mile bike and run course.
This is my third year competing at triathlon and I am getting more and more into the sport as each event passes. The atmosphere, people and excitement on race day is terrific. For me way outshines any of the other adventures I've been involved in. There's that wee bit extra which is hard to put your finger on, but it's in the air.
So another medal and more importantly, thats event number 4 done of my 6 challenges i set myself in February for my AGAINST ALL ODDS CAMPAIGN. Time is pushing on and in two weeks I will be down in Dublin competing in IRONMAN 70.3 for the first time. I'm really looking forward to this now, and hopefully I can get through this and taper to Majorca and arrive there injury free, smiling and ready for IRONMAN. Its the business part of the challenge now for me, so my game head will be on at all times.
George Lucas quote will be on my mind I'm sure in Dublin and Majorca in the next 8 weeks;
"You simply have to put one foot in front of the other and keep going. Put blinders on and plow right ahead" - thanks for that George, I will need that inspiration I'm sure "
Ive worked hard this past 22 weeks to get to today so hopefully I am entering the home straight now and continue with my plan and get the body in the right condition. Remember I am doing all this with an MS diagnosis - hows that says you..... its a long story says I......
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Today was my young son, Conor Junior's 2nd birthday. It was a brilliant day all round in our house :) Hopefully there is many more!!