A competitor? That's not a word I tend to apply to myself!
So tomorrow... I have a list of all the things I think I need...
Everything is washed.
I had a big lunch of pasta and I'll have some more later....
I am nervous.
I am excited.
I am terrified.
I am eager.
I am apprehensive.
I am enthusiastic.
It's funny. I planned this way back in January. I saw the leaflet advertising it and it was a triathlon on my birthday at our local country park and for some crazy reason I thought "I'd like to do that..."
It felt auspicious - I will be 33. A triathlon is 3 things. I love swimming, I enjoy running and now that we have been a biking family for what? 18 months now, I consider myself to be a pretty good cyclist too.
Anyway. I'm doing a triathlon tomorrow. This morning I spotted Brene Brown's book on my bedside table. It's called 'daring greatly' and when I saw it I remembered it has a brilliant quote in it from Theodore Roosevelt's speech 'Citizenship in a Republic' delivered in 1910. It made me feel reassured that I am doing the right thing...
The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again,
Because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause;
Who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly...."
And so tomorrow I will be daring greatly....
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Please give generously. Every little helps inspire me to swim faster, cycle harder and run further... Thank you for your support. xx