Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Inspired

That pretty much describes my life right now.

I think it started last Thursday at swim practice. Aaron gave us some crazy sets, seemingly impossible for me. And I made them! (as did a few others) and he was so stoked at the end of practice, he was shouting "now that was INSPIRED swimming!" I'm not sure what was in his G2 that morning...or maybe he really is just a sadist.

Now that I'm thinking about it, maybe the inspiration began before that. I took a chance on something and walked away surprised. In a good way. Ok, maybe a great way. So, I bought my first lottery ticket on Wednesday.

And didn't win shit. But it was my dad's birthday. And we ate Mexican.

So, Thursday, I stopped by my old landlord's house to pick up a package that had been delivered to my old place. And don't ya know, the strangest conversations occur when you aren't expecting them... She and her husband shared something with me that left him crying, her gushing and me wiping tears. In a good way.

So I had a lot to think about on my long run Friday before work. And as I laid in bed that night, I made a deal with myself that if I got up and ran a 5k in the morning and did well, I could go to Brew Ha Ha that night. So, I got up and ran. And I won that 5k!

Sunday, I went down to Ironman Louisville to watch some friends at the finish. I got to see Bree Wee finish with huge smiles and high fives. And I saw men so full of excitement that they nearly knocked over the finish line volunteers. I saw people collapse and get wheeled off to medical. I watched couples embrace, overcome with the emotion that is Ironman...

I had forgotten. Sometimes, we get so jaded because we do this all day every day. And we surround ourselves with others that do the same. We demand more from ourselves. We want to be faster, stronger, better. It's never enough. Sometimes, we forget that what we do everyday is actually pretty amazing.

This was the first time I'd had the opportunity to watch the finish of such an event. And I found myself weeping, watching. It brought back the feeling of crossing that line for the first time. Or even the second. And it made me wat it again. We do it every day, but it's such a special feeling of accomplishment. One long day of swim-bike-run and you walk away a different person.

9 comments:

Matty O said...

"I had forgotten. Sometimes, we get so jaded because we do this all day every day. And we surround ourselves with others that do the same. We demand more from ourselves. We want to be faster, stronger, better. It's never enough. Sometimes, we forget that what we do everyday is actually pretty amazing." This sums it up. Thats all I got haha.

Christi said...

Wow, what a great post! I have never finished but I have watched many on tv. The way you described it brought tears to my eyes just as if I was watching the coverage on tv. Thanks so much for reminding me of the power determination and the human spirit!

Plus, I am so happy that you are inspired again. That really makes me happy for you!

Chloe said...

Nothing beats the finish line at an IM event. Just thinking about it gives me goose bumps. For IMFL I would try to stay until the last few people crossed the line. Love it! :)

Kim said...

sounds like things are going fabulously amanda, and i couldnt be happier for you.

TRI-james said...

The finish of an ironman is awesome but so are all of the day to day swim / bike / runs. We all just want one thing – to be better.

Mike Russell said...

Great post ma'am. That was inspired writing...

Aimee (I Tri To Be Me) said...

I also loved this post, and agree with Matty-O..that paragraph sums it up perfectly!

Corky said...

5k win ? Fantastic !

Teresa said...

Love when athletes can truly put things in perspective. Smile and enjoy every moment!! Keep it up!

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