Training for an Ironman can be tough and one makes a lot of sacrifices to fulfill your dream. Someone told me this story and it is so true when your dream is to become an Ironman.
"The story of the Tiny Frogs
There once was a bunch of tiny frogs, who arranged a running competition
The goal was to reach the top of a very high tower
A big crowd had gathered around the tower to see the race and cheer on the contestants
The race began Honestly--
No one in the crowd believed that, the tiny frogs would reach the top of the tower
You heard statements such as "oh way too difficult, they will never make it to the top"
or " Not a chance that they will succeed, the tower is too high"
The tiny frogs began collapsing one by one
Except for those who in a fresh tempo were climbing higher and higher
The crowd continued to yell " It is too difficult , no one will make it"
More tiny frogs got tired and gave up
But one continued higher and higher and higher
This one wouldn't give up, at the end everyone else had given up climbing the tower
Except for the one tiny frog that after a big effort was the only one who reached the top
Then all the other tiny frogs wanted to know how this one frog managed to do it?
A contestant asked another tiny frog how the one who succeed had found the strength to reach the goal.
It turned out that the winner was DEAF
The wisdom of the story is: Never listen to other people's tendencies to be negative or pessimistic, because they take your most wonderful dreams and wishes away from you.
The ones you have in your heart
Always think of the power which words have because everything you hear and read will affect your actions.
Therefore ALWAYS be positive and above all
Be DEAF when people tell you that you can't fulfill your dreams
Always think: I CAN DO THIS"!
There are so many comments when people hear you are training for an Ironman such as " Are you mad", "If i want to go 226km I use my car", "How can you start your training at 4am in the morning are you crazy". These are just a few of the negative comments you hear. Therefore one needs to be like the tiny frog and be sometimes deaf when people are negative about your dream
TO BECOME AN IRONMAN
Swim: 1h44, 4.5km, 114bpm ave, 960kcal