I have been asked this question quite a few times over the last few weeks. On the surface it was to lose weight and raise some money for charity. At the same time it is to be able to say I’ve finished the Comrades Marathon and to be an Ironman. But deep down there is a lot more to it. I came across a brief blog post this morning that I thought I would modify a bit and add to it a bit. Here is what I managed to come up with:
Why do I do this? To prove my ghosts wrong. That past failures don’t have to be an predictor of future performances. To prove the young blood that they’re not young enough and to prove to the old folk that they’re not to old to be there. To prove my past wrong and my future better, everyday. To make my weakness stronger in every way. To escape, to tell myself I CAN when its beyond safe, to show there is no limit, there is no such thing as good enough. To prove mind over body and body over mind. To achieve what was once unknown, unthinkable and in my mind unachievable. To enjoy every breath, sight, gasp, ache, sweat, sunray, raindrop, dawn and sunset. To prove that I can give my all. And then some. And then some more. Because it’s the best therapy and best of all its free. Because there is nothing I’d rather do. To me its completely normal to get up everyday to swim, bike and run. For hours at a time. Because only a few people know what it takes to get to the start line, knowing that even if its crawling, you have promised to get yourself to the finish and that’s saying something about yourself. To hear someone say “you’re not good enough” and have that push me to slash my times. To hear someone say “you’re crazy to even try” and have that push you to keep going when the urge is there to quit. To prove 4 hours 57 WRONG. To love doing what I do best. To be in that moment right there and not yearn to be somewhere else. To embrace the challenge and live the journey.
To chase down the person in front of me and show them how its done only to get passed and be humbled and inspired by them. To show life that I will not back down. I will not quit. And I will keep moving forward.
But above all to prove that limits don’t exist, boundaries are merely figments of our imagination – an oasis of our mind. Change can be made and the past can be left behind and to prove to myself that even if I can’t do it all right now, at least I can do this and just get better everyday in every little way.