There are lots of questions out there that I struggle with — why do bad things happen to good people? How do dishonest people always seem to get ahead? And the classic, why is it that people sit on their couches for their entire lives and then complain about their deteriorating health as they edge closer to death?
I really am not sure about the answers to any of those. The question I get the most from people who are sedentary and even those who dabble in running and triathlon is “How do you go 140.6 miles in one day?” It is usually followed up with the classic, “Why do you do it?” They want to know what the feeling is like when you finish a tough workout or even when you cross the finish line at a long distance race — think marathon or Ironman.
The “How you go 140.6 miles” has a simple answer: You train. You follow a training and nutrition plan that either you have put together or you have gotten from a reputable source and you follow it so you can peak at the right time and go into your race injury free. The “How” is something that everyone has access to. You really don’t need any special tools outside of somewhere to swim, a bike, and running shoes. I think you could even get by without the running shoes if you play your cards right.
The “Why do you do it,” is a whole different question. I have talked about this in the past (HERE), and for me it is in the journey of arriving at a destination. As I have thought about this post and what I wanted to write, I began to think the why has more to do with trying to find what there is deep, deep down in my soul. When the going gets tough during a workout or race, do I have what it takes to regroup, recover, and restart? Can I find another gear when I am hurting from fatigue? When I am alone, do I like the company? If you really want to know the answers to these questions, you should schedule a race in 2011 that will test you and your meddle.