Finding Motivation

This week is about the journey, especially after a major disruption in training as I joined teammates for a 24-hour adventure race in northeast North Dakota. It also has brought about some thoughts, particularly since we all need motivation in our lives.

“Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever. That surrender, even the smallest act of giving up, stays with me. So when I feel like quitting, I ask myself, which would I rather live with?” – Lance Armstrong, “Its not about the bike: My journey back to life”

That adventure race, while not quite suited to my passion, served a lot of good. It also left me in a deficit for sleep – and in recovery mode so I could get back on track for my Twin Cities Marathon training, which I’m continuing to raise donations to help out the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation for Minnesota and North Dakota.

After taking a day off on Monday, I made it outside for a run on Tuesday night after meeting with a group of runners who are planning the course for the inaugural Bemidji Blue Ox Marathon.

To get back on track, I’ve slowly shifted my workouts – enduring a scorcher at lunch Wednesday and then a short morning run Thursday in which the legs just felt dead. That brings me current, and I’m hoping to pull out long runs today and Monday to tweak my endurance base for the upcoming marathon.

But constant in my mind is the idea of pursuing a number of triathlons next summer. Originally, my goal was to complete a half Ironman, but a text from a friend earlier in the week now has me contemplating a full Ironman as a few of my Ragnar teammates are planning to do the 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike and 26.2-mile run. Undoubtedly, it’s a massive undertaking, with a steep learning curve and intense training part of the recipe. I haven’t quite made up my mind: I’m debating whether I can improve enough in the non-running disciplines, especially swimming, to tackle the challenge next year. There’s a lot of appeal to the Ironman for me, and while racing 14 marathons in 4 years has been grueling, this would be the biggest challenge yet for me. And that sounds pretty exciting to me – an extraordinary goal worth pursuing.