10 TIPS FOR CHOOSING YOUR RACE
FUCK YOUR BIKINI BODY
I almost never smile during a race, especially coming out of the swim. But in Puerto Rico I was all smiles. I even had a Rocky Balboa moment after my swim as I punched the air with one fist. Yeah, I had a great swim; I was 6th in my age group out of the water! Fuck, I had a great race PERIOD! Part of my success in Puerto Rico was choosing THE RIGHT RACE for my goal.
My main goal was to qualify for Ironman 70.3 World Championship in Nice, France. So I searched for the most perfect race that would set me up for success in order to achieve my personal goal. Here are my 10 tips for choosing the right race for you.
OK TO WANT WHAT YOU WANT
I am not training for a Summer body. Fuck. That. Shit. And I am a firm believer that Summer bodies ARE not made in the Winter… BECAUSE… listen up, there is NO such a thing as Summer bodies. You have a body my dear. A body that you care for all year round.
LEASHING YOUR DEMONS
Exactly two years ago, October 30, crossing the finish line of Ironman 140.6 was the first time in my life that I felt this absolute bliss of freedom. Magic. Like if I grew my very own set of wings. Wings! I was fucking high for days post race. I was fucking high during the 6-month training to get body to the start line. I was fucking high during the race.
I have been searching ever since for other life experiences that give me this sense of magic. I have been craving for more. Wanting for more. Dreaming for more. It is not that I am dissatisfied with my present.
It is knowing what you love and wanting more of that.
DO MORE EPIC SHIT
I stood among the top triathletes in the world and everybody looked incredibly fit, strong, and ready. I judged myself and felt not good enough, an imposter among the top Ironman athletes of the world.
An imposter? But how when I qualified for this race and my Ironman ranking as All World Athlete is silver in my age group.
A FUTURE THAT I LOVE
We are women of all walks of life embodying the sport with our hearts and our souls, while testing the limits of our bodies. We have overcome challenges and adversities, while discovering the depths of our own strength. For many of us, this sport called triathlon has given us confidence, power, freedom, and spirit. For me, what I learn from my training and races overflows into my business and relationships. It has made me stronger both physically and mentally.
YOU ARE A BADASS
I nearly had a meltdown earlier this year - my close friends and husband can confirm. I felt overwhelmed by life. So much to conquer in 2018 and my excuse was that I don’t have time. I had to re-evaluate my career dream. I had to be honest with myself. I had to speak my truth of what I truly wanted.
“I don’t have time. I am to busy.” is my constant excuse for not getting shit done in living an epic life that I love. The truth is that I lack prioritizing, making choices, and being honest with my dreams.
HOW TO MAKE AND KEEP YOUR NEW YEAR’S FITNESS RESOLUTIONS
At age 64, all my mother needed was a boost of confidence to break down her fears by believing in herself. She is scared shitless and I can’t wait to see her cross the finish line and grow her own wings of freedom. This is the start of a new journey for her. A journey of knowing she is a fucking badass and knowing her heart is open and worthy of life and love.
YOUR BULLSHIT IS SABOTAGING YOU
If you had trouble following through with your fitness resolutions in 2017, chances are you are probably going to fuck it up again in 2018. According to research, only one in four people stay consistent with their New Year resolutions throughout the year.
Your bullshit is poisoning your dreams in every aspect of your life and you’re not even aware of this. Two weeks ago, my own bullshit was called out in front of a group. I froze for second. Oh shit, what? Then I nodded with a smile and was hell yeah, that’s my fucking bullshit!