What I have come to realize over the last couple of years is that impossible is relative. And what I mean by that is that we tend to base what is impossible for us on what we perceive is our current level and how far we feel we are from the impossible goal we want to reach. When my friend Karrie first approached me about doing an Ironman, I honestly thought she was crazy to even think I could do such a thing. She believed in me much more than I believed in myself, which is pretty sad when you think about it. In my head all I could think about was what I couldn't do. I couldn't swim 100 yards in a pool without feeling like I was going to drown...how could I possibly think I could swim 2.4 miles in open water? I had never ridden more than 30 miles on my mountain bike and had not been on a racing bike since I was 20 years-old. There was no way I could ride 112 miles. And while I had run several half-marathons, I was not very fast and it was impossible for me to think I could finish a full marathon let alone do so after the ridiculous swim and bike miles that would come before that run.
One of Tony's posts actually inspired me to write this blog this week. Don't limit yourself because what you want to do seems impossible. Like Tony shares in this photo from his Facebook page, it is those first miles that are actually the most difficult. Do not let your brain tell you what you cannot do. Push yourself beyond what you think is possible and I know your seemingly impossible dreams will come true. Tony and I did not let our brains push us around, and those negative little voices have been pretty silent these days, because we have made the impossible possible!
“So many of our dreams at first seem impossible, then they seem improbable, and then, when we summon the will, they soon become inevitable.”