For those of you who have followed me over the years, you know that my wife Shelly and I have participated in the 3-Day for the Cure. It’s an annual event that supports breast cancer research and each year we’re required to raise a minimum of $2,300.
I won’t try to convince you that walking 60 miles over a weekend is easy, but I will say that throughout the years it’s become easier for me.
Since we started in 2001, Shelly and I have walked over 1200 miles – and have raised more than $100,000 for this noble cause. Funding breast cancer research will always be close to our hearts, especially since her aunt and grandmother are survivors.
Like All Good Things, They Must Come to an End
It is with great sadness that I tell you last year’s 3-Day for the Cure will be our last. While the event has meant an incredible amount to us, it’s time for us to move on. We’ve had some wonderful memories walking, and I’ll never forget them.
But there is a law which says something about diminishing returns. From a challenge standpoint, the 3-Day isn’t hard for me anymore – it’s too easy, as a matter of fact.
When Life Becomes Too Easy, Throw in Some Pain
It wouldn’t be any fun to throw in the towel without entering another ring, would it? Almost a year to the date, Shelly and I ran the Las Vegas Rock’n'Roll 1/2 Marathon.
It was my first endurance event. And I went the distance.
Since then, I’ve run two more 1/2 marathons and we will be running another this January in Phoenix. The returns are diminishing again. And I still want more.
Nothing Great Comes Without Great Sacrifice
If you don’t believe that statement, watch the first two minutes of this video:
And when you’re done reading this post, go ahead and watch the rest of that video.
On Sunday, July 15, 2012, I will be participating in the Racine 1/2 Ironman event. It’s a 1.2-mile swim, a 56-mile bike ride and then a 13.1 mile run. 70.3 miles in total.
I can assure you that there will be some pain. I don’t expect this to be easy – especially because I haven’t swam (nor owned a bike) in years. But I’m drawn in.
I love what Ironman champion Chris McCormack says:
Ironman racing, it’s the only time that you’re really true to yourself. It’s the only time that you actually face yourself.
This will be something that will redefine who I am. I cannot deny the gravitational pull I am experiencing – the subtle voices of “I can” and “I will” keep whispering my name.
In all actuality, if I’m honest here – I want to face myself, and to see what I’m made of.
So I’m Throwing in Some Pain, Because, Ya Know – Life’s Too Easy
I’ve watched Shelly train through (and finish in extreme heat) two Chicago Marathons.
To see someone you believe in accomplish something so incredible, is an incredible feeling in itself. I’ve never been more proud of her than those two October mornings when I watched her finish the 26.2 miles.
And I want some of that.
Over the next 7 months, I’ll be focusing on climbing my own personal mountain. One that years ago I would have only looked at from a distance.
I don’t think endurance events are for everyone – but I do think that throwing challenges at yourself when things are coasting in your life are a must.
Otherwise, you’re left without great accomplishment.
And what fun would that be?