It’s been a few days now since Busselton and I would like to start by thanking everyone that has reached out and supported me through this IM journey, pre and post race.
I have been reflecting on my feelings about not finishing and I keep coming back to an idea. Resilience.
I grew up watching Michael Jordan and listening to the message from his story about how it was being cut from his high school basketball team which lit a fire inside him to not quit and to come back better next year.
This attitude is what has always driven me, and it’s what gets you through the hard times and the knock downs. Over the years I’ve seen and read many inspirational stories about people overcoming obstacles to achieve their goals. I’ve battled through injuries and set backs, and sometimes I’ve had to readjust my goals. I don’t know how many games of basketball I’ve lost throughout my career, but every one of those losses has made me work harder to improve on the flaws. It’s all part of the process and it’s why I love sport.
It would be easy for me to wallow in self pity and be depressed after the weekend, but I find myself looking ahead and feeling excited to start the next thing.
Training for the Ironman was possibly the hardest and most self disciplined thing I’ve ever taken on, both mentally and physically. It is through that process that I draw confidence that I can achieve, and I won’t be deterred by the setbacks. An Ironman 140.6 is still on my to do list but it’s not the only thing. So for now I’ll readjust, refocus, learn from the experience and put my best foot forward for the next challenge.
I am grateful just to have goals I can pursue, and family and friends who support me through it all. Resilience is not something I learnt overnight, it comes from experiencing failure and getting back up when life knocks you down. #dis #resilience #rockybalboa #michaeljordan #thepeacefulwarrior #sweatequity