Friday, February 8, 2013

It Just Got Real, Real Fast!

I know I have joked around about blog post titles like mine before, but I experienced it! As you can gather, or if you know me on Facebook, you know that today I officially registered for my 1st 140.6 iron distance race.


So there it is. I am committed. I have to tell you that it took me all day to register. Not because I was having internet troubles or anything like that, I was just having trouble hitting the submit button. I was nervous about hitting it. I was having a moment of no self confidence that I could actually do finish it and that I would be wasting everyone's time. I had a moment of thinking that I do not have time to train for it, I mean, I only have 8 months to prepare!

But then, I had a moment of clarity. I was talking to my bride, telling her that I had almost signed up three different times today and she said plainly, "well, why didn't you, you sexy sexy man?"  So we continued to talk and before we hung up, she said "Go sign up for your race and I will see you when you get home you hot stud of a man"  So hearing it from her totally change my outlook and I then hit submit and it was history.

And then I got sick to my stomach again! I think I walked around with a wide eyed look on my face, still a little speechless for a few minutes. And I did what everybody does when something big happens in their life, I put it on FaceBook! Tons of likes followed with a lot of encouragement. I even got a message form an elementary school friend of mine asking about it, which was cool.

Another good thing is that t he race is on my son's birthday and he is excited about going to OK City for it. Which is a big relief to me. I have been asking him for awhile if he would be OK with me racing on that day and he has always said yes!! So that definitely made it and easier decision.

So, in true National Signing Day form:

After discussing this with my family and a few close friends, I have decided that I will be taking my talents to OK City to race the Redman 140.6 Iron distance race in Sept!


20 comments:

  1. good thing you crossed out the "hot sexy man" stuff... you wont be able to fulfill that role with all the training you will be doing... along with being tired all the time... That's why I waited until my mid 50s to start IM, on the "sexy" front nothing works anymore anyway
    Good luck!

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    1. I will do my best! ;) ;) My goal is to complete this race!

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  2. Good luck man!

    A couple of us might be up there to cheer you on as we are doing the half.

    Enjoy the journey!

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  3. I have to agree with Bob, training for hot sexy man and ironman is near impossible to do!!!

    I remember when I hit submit!!! THe initial reaction of "what the heck did I just do"

    Congrats

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    1. Thanks! and isn't Ironman all about doing the impossible???

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  4. So excited for you. Glad your wife and kid(s) were able to lend extra support for your leap of faith. You can do this. I have no doubt. Looking foward to watching your journey to iron.

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    1. Thanks for your excitement, and confidence!

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  5. good luck and having fun training :)

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  6. Man, I was getting an anxiety attack just reading it.

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    1. I still get a little nervous reading it and telling people I actually signed up!

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  7. That's huge, but fantastic!!

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    1. Thanks Molly, can;t wait to cross that finish line!

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  8. Awesome James! Now you have an epic goal to obsess over this year and it's going to be such a huge accomplishment when you cross that finish line. Looking forward to following your journey.

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    1. Thanks Mike, I can;t wait to cross that line!

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  9. awesome ! hitting "submit" is the first step in a long, exhausting, exciting, frustrating, time consuming, awe inspiring journey. good luck !!

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  10. Excited to keep reading about it! You will do awesome!!

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