Isn’t it funny how a small goal can morph into a bigger, more daring goal? My running goals all started with an 8K race. A year and a half later I’m shooting for the stars, AKA a full marathon. Wait, that’s not funny, that’s crazy. By crazy I mean ambitious.
During my long run on Saturday I took a path that’s next to a lake. As I ran passed the lake I observed some swimmers who appeared to be training, possibly for a triathlon? I thought to myself, “That doesn’t look so bad, it actually looks nice. I could do that”.
Uh-Oh, did I just get bit in the bum by the triathlon bug? That’s more crazy talk. At this point in my training I can’t let my ambitions take on anything more. This summer is all about training for the marathon. Though, I do smirk at how my goals are like colorful firecrackers that keep bursting into the night.
It would appear that I’m not alone on ever-evolving goals. I asked a Twitter friend today, “Have you ever made a goal that turned into a bigger goal?”
“When I started my healthy lifestyle in January 2008, my goal was to lose a few pounds. In order to do that, I knew I would need to exercise consistently and running is free, but I needed motivation. So I signed up for my first 5K in April 2008. It was amazing! My time was bad, but I didn’t care. I wanted to keep participating in races and in that year I did three 5K’s.
But that wasn’t enough. I needed more motivation to keep moving, especially during the summer months when I struggled to run because of the NYC humidity and heat.
That’s when I began swimming.
Then I realized that I could find an event that would incorporate my love of swimming and my desire to become a real runner.
That’s when I discovered the Iron Girl Triathlon.
I registered and trained (not enough by any means) for the event which took place July 26, 2009. It was astounding. I was almost dead last. But once I crossed that finish line I felt like I could conquer the world. I have never felt that good about myself until they slipped that finishers medal over my head.
This year I am doing the Iron Girl again– and possibly a couple more triathlons. But even more motivating is the possibility that I will be doing a 1/2 marathon in December, if possible. If not, I will definitely be doing one next year.
That’s the thing about goals. Once you reach one, more pop up. I think you have to always have a goal…bigger and better. Without them, we just have no purpose.”
Irene aka @iTrytoTri on Twitter
So, set those goals, no matter how small you think they are. You never know what those small goals can become.