Lessons from Ironman Training Part 3–“You Have to Register”

November 4, 2010 — 1 Comment

You have to Register

One of the key moments of my training journey over the past year was the moment I paid the registration fee for the Silverman.

I know I’d walked through a door, crossed a line, and made a crucial investment.

My mentor, Travis, called me after I registered and said, “You can’t turn back now, my friend.”

That’s not exactly true…even now—five days out from the race—I could still turn back, but it’s also exactly true: I’ve made too big of an investment now to turn back.

The second after I hit the “Register” button on the screen, I took a deep breath and was overcome with how “real” this whole adventure felt at that moment.

It’s one thing to say you’re going to do an Ironman-distance race.

It’s another thing to start training for an Ironman-distance race.

It’s altogether another thing to pay the price to enter the race.

You’re not fully invested in the race until you pay the registration.

I have a couple of thoughts about investment.

1)   Investment costs.

There is no real investment if no price has been paid.  It may cost you your time, your energy, your agenda, or your money, but—if it’s a true investment—it’s going to cost you something.

2)   Investment pays.

I can’t put a price on what I’ve experienced over the past year.  Yes, it was an investment to get up early to ride my bike through the Narrows just west of Loveland, but it was all worth it when I saw that Bighorn Sheep feeding just to the side of the road.  Yes, it was an investment to ride up that river valley in Washington State last August, but…if you could have seen that waterfall you’d know that it was worth it.  Yes, it was an investment to spend so much time swimming laps in the FunPlex pool, but if you knew the prayers I prayed in that pool and how God answered those prayers, you’d know that it was all worth it.  Yes, for the past 12 months I’ve invested a lot of time, energy, and money to finish this race on Sunday, but it’s all going to be worth it.

Are you willing to pay the price to reach your goals?

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One response to Lessons from Ironman Training Part 3–“You Have to Register”

  1. 
    Joe and Emmalie November 6, 2010 at 4:23 pm

    We both wanted to wish you all the best tomorrow. What an awesome achievement this will be and for such a worthy cause. We will be praying for you.

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