A couple of weeks ago, I competed in my first ever, DRI TRI Competion and I won! Haha. I’m as shocked as you are, haha! And as awesome as that is, this post isn’t about the competition. This post is about the days leading up to this day.
A DRI TRI consists of a 2,000 meter row, 300 body weight excerises and a 5K run. It was hard and it was fun.
9 months ago, I stepped foot on to a treadmill and was completely gassed out at about 4mph. I remember huffing and puffing my way through the workout. 4mph was my base pace.
My workouts on the treadmill have consisted of base pace, push pace and all out efforts. When I began, my all out effort for 30 seconds was about 8mph.
Each time I stepped foot on to that treadmill, my coaches helped me push myself past my limitations and with every new workout I felt myself become stronger and stronger.
The power, strength and endurance workouts were HARD. They required everything I had-but they made me stronger.
With every HARD workout I completed, I obtained a new level of strength. A couple of weeks ago when I participated in the DRI TRI competition, I ran the majority of my 5K at 8mph.
What was once my all out effort had now become my new, endurance, push pace effort.
Resistance builds us, strengthens us and allows us to reach new levels in all areas of our life. This is a physical example of what happens mentally, emotionally and spiritually when we allow hard times, difficult situations build us!
This competion came on the heels of a big chapter closing in our life. A chapter that came with many HARD moments, moments that required all that I had!
As I finished the competition I had a moment of great reflection. I didn’t know my time or I how I placed overall, but what I did know was that I finished! I knew that where I had started looked nothing like where I was now.
My feelings weren’t just about the competition, but about the season I was saying goodbye to. Where I began looks nothing like where I am now and I have resistance, hard moments and a coach (God, my creator) who never lets me settle for where I am, to thank for it!
What used to be break me and overwhelm me doesn’t seem that impossible any more, because I am stronger.
Please don’t read this as I am boasting about results, but rather celebrating the grind!
This isn’t a BEFORE and AFTER story, because progress is a forever process. Pushing past our limits is the only way we continue to grow stronger, wiser and how we become more capable, to take on new challenges.
Facing challenges and hard moments isn’t easy, believe me friend I am right there with you. But, pushing through them does produce fruit. The storms of life bring to shore all that you need for your journey ahead, which is more strength, power and endurance.
These hard moments fuel you, prepare you and position you for the very thing that you are hoping to achieve/see happen in your life.
When you have endured, when you have pushed past the hard moments, you will see that what was once your ALL OUT effort has become your new base pace!
Dont give up!
“So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.” Galatians 6:9
“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,a whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking ANYTHING.” James 1:2-4