Sometimes I always wonder what my daughter dreams about when she sleeps. When I hear noises at night from her room. I look inside and she is talking in her sleep.
I wonder about her dreams? (hopefully not about boys!)
When I was a kid, I dreamed of being an astronaut.
As I got older I dreamed of being a motorcycle motocross racer.
In high school I dreamed of being a jazz musician (I still have my saxophone lying around here somewhere).
After College I dreamed of being a Wall Street StockBroker (Okay, that didn't happen).
Now as I get older I dream about walking my daughter down the isle on her wedding day and her having a happy life.
So I think dreams should be mostly about that, because sometimes for me goals are easier to attain than the things I dream about.
Since starting Triathlons I have had goals every year.
1st year was about survival (mantra: If I stop swimming, I'll drown).
2nd year was about finishing a Half IronMan.
3rd year was about finishing an IronMan.
Now the goal of finishing a 50 mile UltraMarathon and another IronMan has been implanted in my head. Why? still a mystery to me. But Why not?
So after much deliberation running through my head, I took my trustee checkbook out and registered for the race. I really needed to stop being so indecisive in choosing which 50 miler I wanted to do, in case the race I wanted to do gets sold out. So I had to follow my heart on this one, not really my common sense, if I did that, I would not try this adventure at all.
"When you truly believe in something, and you carry it in your heart, you accept no excuses, only results." —Ken Blanchard
So I'm going with the one I wanted to do first, the McNaughton Ultra Trail race. Just somehow the craziness of it all appealed to me. I know it will be a tough race for me. Maybe even tougher than me. An all trail Ultra with 3 stream crossings and last year I think it rained.
Description from UltraRunning mag: "Rugged-ten mile loop repeated. Single track-dirt trails. 1,600 elevation change".
Yes this will be mentally and physically demanding for me. I know when I try something for the first time, endurance/racing wise, it has always been really tough for me, but I have found a way to finish so far. So I guess I know this race might "hurt" and so far I'm okay with that. So the "?" has become a "!" besides the entry on my race list for 2007. E-mail confirmation has been read and has been wife approved.
So what about my other choice, the ICE AGE Trail 50, yes, I'm going to "?" on that one also. No, not planning on doing another 50 miler just yet, but at least the 50k with the option after the McNaughton Ultra to do more.
Now, if I can just survive my training? Dang, it's going to be really cold this weekend.