Just Cross the Finish Line (IRONMAN Edition)

Just simply cross the finish line. At the end of the day, that’s all we wanted to do. Some kind of way, no matter what, we were crossing the finish line………

 

After it was all over. So Crazy.
After it was all over. So Crazy.

And then we jumped in the water to do the 1.2 Mile Swim. That’s where it gets crazy.

It all started here. We had no idea what we were in for....
It all started here. We had no idea what we were in for….
Who doesn't like a little morning swim?
Who doesn’t like a little morning swim?

It all happened so quickly. One moment we are in a line slowly creeping our way to the edge of the deck, the next moment we are jumping into water that immediately takes your breath away, and seemingly all chaos followed.

In all honesty, I have never been so scared in my life. Each time I stuck my face in the water to attempt to swim, my breath would be stripped away. I say I was trying to swim, but it was more like trying to figure out a way to just stay afloat and calm myself down. I wasn’t sure what to do, or even if I would be able to complete the swim.

Getting Ready before the swim!
Getting Ready before the swim!

Yes, as soon as I hit the water, I thought I had bit off more than I could chew, and after talking with Jason, the same exact things were going through his mind as well. We were in unfamiliar territory, and had to figure out some kind of way to make it work.

This 70.3 Mile Journey has more of a meaning to it, both for myself and for Jason, than just simply challenging our selves to complete an Ironman.

If you ask the both of us, it was an awesomely miserable experience, if that makes any sense. Both of us went in to this thing not knowing what to expect, but were able to come out with so many valuable lessons. Beforehand, we found our selves both asking each other questions that neither of us had the answers to.

But there is one thing we were sure of….

We were both crossing that finish line no matter what. The only thing we saw and felt was the sight of the finish line and the feeling of achievement. The pain was going to be there. The struggle was going to be real.

The Finish Line
The Finish Line

 

We are 2 regular people, just using that Mind.Set.Go. Mentality to expand our boundaries, to take it one step further.

I said this after I completed the Marathon and I’ll continue to say it.

If there is no doubt in your mind to do something, then you will get it done. It all comes back to the thought process.

Think Positive.

See the Ultimate Goal.

Work to Get there.

Enjoy the Ride along the way because it will be miserable at times. (Awesomely Miserable of course). It will be difficult. But that feeling of expanding your limits, and that feeling of being motivated by an outside source beside your own self is something to be experienced.

Some Lessons we learned from the Ironman:

1. Stay Humble Although Jason and I completed the Ironman, it’s not about the individual achievement. Without Mind.Set.Go. and without the support of everyone, this would have been completely meaningless. I’m not doing all these challenging events for my own good.

I just want to practice what I preach, and continue to put the Mind.Set.Go. Mentality to test. So far, Mind.Set.Go. has not only helped my own self, but it has served as a way for others to be a part of a team that stands for a greater good. A team that wishes to give back, to inspire, and to promote that positive mindset.

2. Age is no barrier. It’s simply a limitation some choose to put on their mind.- I can’t tell all of you how many times I was passed on the bike and the run by people, both men and women, who were at least twice my age. I’m pretty sure Jason will tell you the same thing as well. You want to talk about humbling and motivating at the same time.

I’m out there wondering how the hell I’m going to take another step, and here comes a 50-year-old woman up my ass cruising on by me like I don’t even exist. Yes, that happened so much to the point where it was quite humorous.

So it doesn’t matter your age, it doesn’t matter who you are, but what matters is the simple fact that when we put our minds to the test and stay positive throughout the process, then boundaries can be exceeded, limits can be expanded.

3. Think Positive. Live Fit. Being fit physically is great and all, but Living Fit Mentally is where it’s at. We are what we think, so why not make it Positive and exceed our boundaries?

Our bodies will only take us so far, but it is 100% our minds that will keep us rolling through the finish line in life. Your body gives in when your mind tells it to, so being fit mentally will only help us to push farther than expected.

When talking with Jason, the biggest takeaway for him…

We have to set goals for our self. Sometimes they are even small goals that we can work on to meet our ultimate goal. For example, during the swim, it was to simply get to the next kayak. And for the run, it was to jog to the cone ahead and then walk for a little while, always remembering to keep moving forward some kind of way.

Jason said, if he would have went out there trying to tackle the whole thing at once, he would have never made it and felt way too overwhelmed with the situation. As soon as he got in the water, he wasn’t sure he was going to finish either, which is exactly what went through my mind as well. He then immediately starting finding close landmarks, or smaller goals, to work towards. All the little steps add up.

It only took about 8+ hours of constant movement, but by setting those small goals for our self throughout the course, we were able to finish the 70.3 Mile Journey and share our story with others.

These lessons can also be applied to our daily lives. Have a vision for yourself, and set those small goals that work towards your bigger picture. Remain Humble along the way, and remember that it is never too late to start something. Keep your mind clear of negative thoughts, and stay focused on where you want to go.

A Huge Thank You goes out to everyone for following along, and for your continued support of our efforts throughout this journey. You all helped to motivate both Jason and myself to cross the finish line. We would both like to thank all the volunteers for their time, the spectators rooting us on, and for all that wished us well and congratulated us.

Special Thanks goes out to Jason’s Dad, Jeff, and his sister, Rachel, for meeting up with us before the race and keeping us calm.

Jason with his sister and father pre-race
Jason with his sister and father pre-race

Another Special Thanks to my parents, Dawn and Kris, for catching me along the course and for meeting me at the finish line. It felt great to know that you were out there rooting me on. I love you and Thank You.

Thanks Mom and Dad for making it out!
Thanks Mom and Dad for making it out!

Another Shoutout goes out to our boy, Garrett O’Hanlon, who talked us into signing up, but due to a last-minute knee injury, was unable to participate with us. We missed you man, and you were on our mind.

To Jason– It was an honor to share this experience with you man. You are a beast. Thanks for taking this journey and sharing your experience with all of us. Congrats on the accomplishment. Whats next? LOL

Done!
Done!

Last, but certainly not least, I just want to give my Thanks to Lauren Bowman, Steve Gleason, and the rest of the Team Gleason crew for being supportive of Mind.Set.Go., and for giving us the opportunity to help contribute to Steve and Team Gleason. Thanks for rockin’ Mind.Set.Go., and Thanks for being a positive inspiration to so many of us. We look forward to making a larger impact in the future.

steve msg shirt

That’s all I have for this week, so thank you so much for taking the time to read this. Remember, life will always throw challenges at us, but with a positive mindset, we will be able to overcome the challenges and face them with much more confidence.

Have a great rest of the week. Happy Easter to All.

Think Positive. Live Fit. Set Small Goals. Remain Humble. Age is no Limitation.

Think Positive. Live Positive.

 

Here’s some more Pics:

Post Race
Post Race
Beginning of the Run.
Beginning of the Run.
Night Before..All tatted up
Night Before..All tatted up
It was a relief to finish!
It was a relief to finish!
Jason about to bike 56 Miles
Jason about to bike 56 Miles
Big Jason bringing it home
Big Jason bringing it home
Thats what being out in the sun all day will do to you.
Thats what being out in the sun all day will do to you.
Getting ready!
Getting ready!
Mentally and Physically Done
Mentally and Physically Done
Just get to the finish line.
Think Positive. Live Fit.

 

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Just Cross the Finish Line (IRONMAN Edition)

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