Last Sunday was the 15th and final edition of Ironman Coeur d’Alene. This has always been a special race to me as it was my first (and at this point only) Ironman distance event. I sat down this morning and watched the 2017 Ironman Coeur d’Alene Wrap Up Video and smiled, laughed, shed some tears and became incredibly inspired and decided to write about it…
Right at the start of the video I spotted 2 swimmers I’ve worked with. You will see Ken’s cousin, Isaac, with a heart warming pre-swim smile @ 2:54 and a very focused Lynn M doing some warm-up arm circles at 3:01…and then some “mouth stretching” at 3:08 😜
Later, from 10:54 to 11:05 Ken and Lynn are riding and looking strong!
Then, right afterwards at 11:05 there is a profile story about a man who had a life threatening accident in 2015 when racing. I continued watching and realized at the end that I knew this man (Scott) from a coaching course we had taken together back in 2013. I had lost touch with him, had no idea about his accident but knew that he crossed the finish line last Sunday a few short years after a catastrophic crash. He said 2 things in the video that really resonated with me.
His first comment was “forward is a pace” and later he spoke about “throwing an anchor out” as a way for him to find a direction when he was broken. I know many people out there can relate to this whether they are dealing with injury (big or small) or they have lost their mojo as a result of a busy life or burnout.
Scott said when he was feeling low he decided to “throw an anchor out into the future and have it pull (him) back towards something”
This is such a powerful metaphor. ‘Throwing an anchor out” absolutely provides one with focus and a path. And as Scott also mentioned, “forward is a pace”. It doesn’t matter if you throw your anchor into next week, next month, or next year – when you do so, you are creating an intention and a direction.
People have many reasons for getting involved in the sport of triathlon and they can range from becoming active and finishing local sprint races to training hard to compete in world championship events. What I ❤️ about the sport is that achievement can be defined in different ways for different people yet there is great camaraderie among athletes in the sport. This was apparant in the video I watched this morning and I remember this from Ironman Canada 2011 when I was at the finish line at midnight. Steve King was going nuts on the mic and Pro winner Jordan Rapp (8:28) was in the finish chute strongly encouraging the final age groupers across the line. Finish Line with Jordan Rapp (Watch from 7:00 on) It was alpha & omega. It still gives me goosebumps.
So, I challenge you to “throw an anchor out”!
I have, and it landed on Ironman 70.3 CDA on June 24, 2018.
Lynn, Barb & Ken I was inspired by each one of you last weekend.
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