MUSINGS AND THOUGHTS
Today I ran my first official 10km running event, The 2011 Larian Bomba 10km event. It’s hard me to recall what my life was like since I started this journey.
I was lying down on my bed this afternoon trying to take a nap but I couldn’t sleep. I kept reflecting on what I have done to myself over the last 6 months.
Swimming, cycling and running day in and day out. Everytime I go out for a workout brings new victories and celebrations as well as the pain and heartaches. I missed the cut off time by 3 minutes this morning but I bettered my 10km time by 7 minutes, setting a new personal best of 93 minutes.
I watch the Ironman Series on YouTube and I constantly see people running across the finishing line with arms raised and that indescribable feeling of joy. I reckon though that if the training was not tough and difficult or if they did not suffer setbacks and disappointments, the feeling of accomplishment would not be as sweet.
This gives me a whole new meaning and a set of new distinctions on the journey being more important than the destination. I want to swim, cycle and run like the best of them and I out my heart and soul into my workout and that to me is all that matters.
I’ve often said to anyone who would listen that if we want to do something, do it as if we are the best on the world at it. Eventhough I am not performing at a world class level, does not mean that I cannot train like a world class performer.
I am 40 years old and carry a lot of baggage with me and the scars are obvious to anyone who would look for it. I spent years cultivating habits such as bad eating and even smoking (which I am still struggling with). I’ve been on the streets with no food to eat and have done things to myself that still makes me shudder.
Despite all that, I yearn to live my life to the fullest and when I crossed that finishing line this morning and discovered that I’ve set a new personal best, at that moment, I know I am alive and everything that has happened to me in the past is just what it is, in the past. We make out future. We make our future the way we want it to be. Sometimes we fail and sometimes we lose. That does not make us a failure or a loser. It’s the way we handle those failure and losses would define who we are.
Choose to be a success and a winner, no matter what the outcome.
Today was the 2011 Larian Bomba 10km run and you can read the Race Report for the Larian Bomba 10km run here.
I would say that te most impressive thing about today’s run is that I managed to sustain a pace of just over 5 min per km for a period of about 20 minutes. My heart rate shot up to about 90% MHR in doing that and I knew it was hard to sustain it for long periods of time. But that the point is that I did sustain it and that means that it is possible to train my body to sustain it for longer.
The focus for the next 4 weeks would be power and speed so I’ll be doing lots of intervals and fartleks as well as getting more technique refinement. With the expected weight lost I know I can go faster for longer.
Let’s see what happens.