So I like to plan, I like to make plans, I like to plan things, it helps me stay focused and in control. I also believe that if you do not put things out into the universe they can never come true and that dreams and plans need to be shared. I am also smart enough to believe that announcing your plans is a good way to hear God laugh. I have learned that it is OK to make plans but you have to flexible as well and be willing to readjust as you go along, keep your eyes open for opportunities that might present themselves and not lose yourself to your plan. Some of the best things in my life where not planned, I threw caution to the wind and trusted my gut. Sometimes you have a dream and the universe provides in way you cannot understand but it was just what you needed at the time, you just have to recognize it when it comes your way.
In June, I was a week into my triathlon training and did not know what to do, I was lost and did not know how to find my way to the finish line. I was waiting in my dermatologist’s office and he was running late so I picked up a magazine to pass the time. I found an article about Triathlons and how to train for a sprint triathlon, a six week plan to get you to the finish line. The Universe sent me a lifeline and I grabbed onto it with both hands. I tore the training schedule from the magazine, something I would usually never do and took it home to adapt it to my schedule. The training program was prepared by K2J Fitness a local Ottawa coaching service for runners and tri-athletes.
Fast forward to last Friday when I had a meeting with Judy Andrew Piel, one of the coaches from K2J Fitness about coaching me towards my 50th birthday goal. The universe put her into my life and I was smart enough recognize the potential. I have 27 month until I turn 50 and as I blogged before, I hope to complete and Ironman triathlon that year if I can, God and my body willing. It was a great meeting and she said I have enough time to train if we started in January 2013 and was willing to work hard. The working hard I can control for the most part, Judy can handle the plan and the rest of the stuff I am giving up to the universe and God. It is not an easy task but one I am looking forward to with many milestones along the way, at least 2 Olympic triathlons, 2 half Ironman triathlons, 2 marathons and whatever other events Judy adds along the way. In 2013 she wants me to run a spring half marathon and do a 2 day, 200k cycle ride called the Rideau Lakes Tour and that is just to start. I will share a much of this journey as I can but some bits I will share after I complete them and I hope you understand. As much as I dream big and push myself to do better, parts of this journey scare the pants off me (2 marathons, oh my) and I will need your support as I make my way, it should be fun and I hope you share this journey with me.