Friday, May 8, 2009

The power of one

Well, "it's the day before the Tri y'all." You know what that means.....
Only ONE more day 'til I put it all on the line. One more day until I swim in a nasty smelling, fish filled Tempe Town Lake. One more day until I wear an aquatard and a swim cap in front of HUNDREDS of people. One more day before I mount a bike and ride the streets of Tempe and then walk a path around the lake in HIDEOUSLY hot Arizona weather. One more day until I fulfill a fitness goal once thought insurmountable.

Another aspect of that power of one.......
On Thursday I ran for an entire MILE without stopping. Did you get that? ONE MILE, me running, not stopping. It was a miracle, it was awesome! I might have done a little booty shaking, jump for joy dance right at the finish line, I'm just saying. There was a time when walking for a mile seemed utterly impossible. Shoot, there WAS a time when walking from my car to the door seemed undoable. I have NEVER in my entire 35 years of walking life run a mile. In Junior High when it was the mile day in gym, I would walk pretty much the whole thing and BARELY make it in time. There were times in my life when I was walking or exercising but still, the thought of running was just ridiculous. When we began this training process I would walk a mile on the treadmill and it took forever. I made occassional stabs at running, in short spurts. Somehow, over time my ability improved. One day I was running in longer jaunts. Then one day, there it was.....a WHOLE mile run, by me! I now know that I CAN do it, and that with one mile down, another one is in my future.

Dear fellow track goers,
It seems to me that if my big white american booty is able to lap you not once, but sometimes twice, then perhaps you might not be pushing yourself hard enough. I realize that you have your daily schedule, and you're feeling good about coming down to the track and walking your mile. BUT, if you're wondering WHY you're not losing weight, the answer may be in the fat girl walking circles around you. I'm just saying.

Sincerely yours,

Chubby chic

I'm not gonna lie, for the first time in this whole process I am really nervous. Truly nervous about the fact that I could fall off the bike, or maybe the swim will be more difficult than I thought, or what if I get dehydrated, etc. What if I don't have all my stuff packed, what if, what if. It all feels a little overwhelming right now, so I try not to think about it too much. I just take a deep breath and then watch some Top Model or something.

But here is what I know....I am capable, I am powerful, and I will do it. I'm excited for one day to pass and another to come. Because I know that there is power in the number day at a time, I get stronger. One mile at a time I improve.

One is a powerful number.


Wendy said...

You are awesome Ally!! Seriously, I love these kinds of improvements. I have been feeling the same thing as I have made myself run faster for 1 mile and then for 15 minutes and so on. It is all about ONE.

I have been thinking about that today. A triathlon is entered for one person, oneself. We are competing against ourself. We are advancing ourselves one training at a time.

As we focus on one swim, then one bike ride, then just one little run, when it is over we WILL feel ONEderful!!!

Jessica Law said...

Wow! You are awesome and I'll have to agree with the power of one thing. I feel like I've been alone a lot in my life and have thought only I can do or not do this task. It feels rather nice when I set the goal for myself and I accomplished it alone on my own.

I am excited to read about your experience with the tri. Best of luck to you. Kick butt girl. 35 has never looked so good!!

Lisachem said...

Good luck tomorrow! Can't wait to read all about the results.

jen said...

I am totally with you in spirit. When I was in recovery on Wednesday, I overheard my nurse talking about that race. I said, "Oh, I have a friend doing that!" So I bragged you up at the hospital.
The feeling when you finish a race like this is unbelievable. Relish every moment, even if you puke through victory! And this is only the first!

The Coolest Allen Family said...

I feel a bit silly, but this totally made me tear up. I will be cheering you on from Utah tomorrow! I have said it before but you seriously are a inspiration to me right now. You are amazing and I can't wait for the pictures and the blog to follow. (make sure to get one in your favorite word by the way) I know you will rock Sista!

Livin' Wright said...

You are going to do awesome, I did the Same tri Last year and Loved it. Everyone just cheers you on and its all about finishing. Can't wait to hear how you did!

Jason and Kate said...

I'll see you in the morning with my aquatard as well. :) I'm getting nervous too but I always do before any race. Congrats on the mile. You are going to do so well tomorrow. Good luck!

Steph said...

Your posts always make me laugh. Good luck tomorrow! And way to go running the mile--I did that for the first time too last year, and it just feels so good, doesn't it?

Xavierism said...

Bon tardi, Ally!

I'm Xavier. I was a volunteer today at the triathlon. I'm sooooooo proud of you! I had to check to see if you finished the race and I'm so happy for you.

Kudos, kudos, and kudos to you!

Happy Mother's deserve all the joy tomorrow.



LanaBanana said...

That was the funniest "letter" to the track people. Hilarious!!! :)

Mom Dian said...

You know, the fact that you were "p....ed" just might have been the thing that spurred you on! Have to admit I had a lump in my throat and shed a few tears for you as you passed shedding your own tears. So frustrating. Then tears of Pride welled up when Dixie and Jenny walked beside Dana and you -- just because of love. I'm so impressed with the individual and collective goals set and achieved, but to me, the greatest accomplishment of all was the deepened love and concern each of you had for one another. Way to go! You AMAZING, AWESOME, LOVING, KIND, DETERMINED, ACHIEVING WOMEN!