Honor Christ with your dedication and work ethic. "Whatever you do, do it with all your heart." Yet, keep things in the eternal perspective. "Physical training is of some value, but godliness is of value for this life and the one that is to come."
I've been eagerly awaiting my official plan for Ironman Texas 70.3 like a kid waiting for Christmas since I turned in my Time Trial results and requested the plan five days ago. When it arrived I poured through all the detail and began to research some of the new terminology I hadn't seen before in my previous 9 triathlons. However, I was quickly reminded why I love Coach Booher and tri4Him so much when I read the line above which accompanied the plan. As I begin this latest adventure I hope my family, friends and colleagues will help me maintain my eternal purpose and keep an eternal perspective. I am laser focused but, it is important to keep an eternal focus on Him and work to make an eternal difference in the lives of those around me. Participation in triathlon is temporary and keeping perspective is critical. Triathlon is an important part of my life, but not the most important part.
I'm completely confident that Coach Booher's plan will get me to the finish line as I have seen many of my tri4Him brothers and sisters race before me. It will take extreme discipline and planning to adhere to the plan. The first week will be a challenge as I will be in two different cities just that week alone. I expect similar challenges along the way, but none that are insurmountable. Just for the record here is the time investments over the next 16 weeks beginning December 12, 2012.
Swim - 15 h 10 m
Bike - 76 h 50 m
Run - 58 h 55 m
Total - 160 h 55 m
You can follow the trials and tribulations of this training on my Daily Mile page or Twitter. I try to update this after each workout. When I started triathlon, I'll admit I really had no intention other than to "tri" it out. The first race was an amazing experience, and although when you look back it may seem small it really wasn't. I was able to make a contribution to the West I-10 Volunteer Fire Department by dedicating my race to Colin Mackay, and I literally transformed myself back to health through my training.
Like that first race, at the Ironman Texas 70.3 I will race for a reason. I am dedicating this race In Memory of Kaden Smith (IMOK). If you haven't read the story on why I am doing this just click on the IMOK link. The thought of me covering 70.3 miles of swimming (1.2 m), biking (56 m) and running (13.1 m) really would have been impossible not that long ago. Although I have much work to do, it is now a reality. If you are able to make a donation to The Epilepsy Foundation of Central and South Texas you will be enabling them the possibility to make a difference in the lives of many people.
If you can't make a donation (or you can) I encourage and challenge you to get this link http://bit.ly/IMOK703 out to as many people in your network as possible. Share this with your friends, your church, on Twitter, on Facebook, through e-mail, etc. Just liking this post in Facebook enables more people to see it. You can even share this QR Code! Over the next 16 weeks we have a goal of raising $100 per mile of the race. That is $7,030, I'll update this blog periodically through the process. God bless, and thanks for your support!