My Ironman race is so close, only 14 days away! We have put in so many training hours into this race but I am still nervous and I will definitely need help crossing the finish line! My body is starting to fall apart on me after last weekends 100 mile bike and 17.5 mile run. I was supposed to swim 2.4 miles this week but I only got in 1.5 because my shoulder was hurting too much to continue. I had to skip 3 workouts and cut the other workouts short this week. I am trying to be positive so I keep telling myself I will beat all of the time cut off's and I will cross the finish line. I know this is possible because of God's promises.
The Lord has blessed me with many talents, however, biking and swimming are not among them. I have thought about dropping out of this race so many times throughout my training. I had so many excuses... My body is not built to handle this kind of mileage, I don't know how to swim, know matter what I do I can't seem to go faster on the bike, I won't make the time cuts, I might get run over, and I had more... Sometimes this feeling would last a while but I always gave it to God. Every time He showed me a verse to keep me going.. "This is what the Lord says... Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine." Isaiah 43:1 and "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go." Joshua 1:9 I know that if I finish the race and become an ironman or even if things don't go my way, it will change nothing, because my identity is rooted in Christ, not in my sporting accomplishments. (But I am choosing to be positive, so...) When I finish, Let me make it clear that it will be all Him. Only He has the power to push my weak body and mind through 140.6 miles. I will to chose to speak life over myself and every participant out there during the race. Some people might think I'm crazy when they pass me (and they will) and it looks like I'm talking to myself lol but I know only good things come from speaking life and bad things come from speaking doubt and negative things. Some people might think I am being negative and down on myself, but I am only being honest and giving credit where it's due. I have been told so many times that I can't do this or that because of my body size. When I tell people I'm training for an ironman, they take one look at me and laugh. Little do they know who is in my corner fighting for me everyday. "The Lord will fight for you. You need only be still." Exodus 17:17 I am trying to calm my mind as much as I can and remind myself that. "My grace is sufficient for you, for my strength is made perfect in your weakness. My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness. So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” 2 Cor 12:9-10
Some of the things I am nervous about... and some of the Lord's promises that will cover me:
-Getting to the starting line healthy: I have a strained muscle in my shoulder and my calves and knees are overworked and hurting constantly. "Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress. He sent out his word and healed them; he rescued them from the grave. Let them give thanks to the LORD for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind." Psalm 107:19-21
-Time cut offs: (this is prob the biggest one). I have 2:20 for the swim, I have to make 55 miles before 2:45pm and finish the bike course before 6:30pm, Run 13.1 miles before 9:45pm and finish the race in 16 hours (most IM races get 17hrs but not Louisville) "Be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded." 2 Chronicles 15:7 ♡ "The Lord will fight for you. You need only be still." Exodus 17:17
-Swim: I am afraid of having a freakout in the water, losing my googles, my shoulder hurting, swallowing water, and jumping off the deck to start the race (no warm up for this one) "When you go through deep water, I will be with you." Isaiah 43:2
-Bike: I am afraid of crashing, getting run over, getting a flat tire or having a mechanic issue, my knee hurting, and not being able to take in nutrition. "It may be impossible, nevertheless, God can do the impossible." Luke 18:27
-Run: I am afraid of killing my legs on the bike and not having enough for the run, also not having enough time for the run (if I use all the time for the bike, I will only have 5 hrs for the marathon) "The Lord is faithful; he will strengthen you." 2 Thessalonians ♡ "My flesh may fail, but my God you never will." Psalm 73:26
-Weather: I am afraid of too much wind, rain, and cold. “The LORD is my rock, my fortress, and my savior; my God is my rock, in whom I find protection. He is my shield, the power that saves me, and my place of safety.” Psalms 18:2
-Overall: A few other things that make me nervous are: chafing, muscle pains, tummy issues, and my weak mind. "God is within her, she will not fail." Psalm 46:7
If any of you would like to offer a pray over me and Ben and stand in agreement that the Lord will be our source of power, courage, peace, and endurance pushing us through the finish line. We would greatly appreciate it. "I also tell you this: If two of you agree here on earth concerning anything you ask, my Father in heaven will do it for you. For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them." Matthew 18:19-20
Here is my prayer... Lord, please smile down on us on race day. Please give us favor with every step. I pray I won't have any issues jumping in the water and that I can start swimming right away. I pray for calm water, no freak outs, that I don't swallow any water, and that our googles will stay on. I pray for no bike crashes, no flats or mechanical issues. I pray I can hold a steady pace that will get me through the bike and leave me with a lot of time to run. I pray for strong legs and a strong heart to get me to the finish line. I pray for quick transitions. I pray that we will make all of the time cut offs. I pray for the safety for all of the participants. I pray for no chafing and no major muscle pains. I pray for the right songs to come into our head when we need them and I pray that when our weak minds say we can't, we will remember one of God's promises that says we can. Lord, we know we can't do this without you. I pray for strength and endurance to finish the race strong and within all the time limits, in Jesus name, Amen. "My grace is sufficient for you, for my strength is made perfect in your weakness. Each time he said, My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness. So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” 2 Cor 12:9-10
Just a few miracles in the Bible that I hope to remember when I'm out there: Acts 12- When Peter was throw into prison with 16 guards around him. He was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains, and sentries stood guard at the entrance when an angel woke him. He told Peter to get up and walk, so Peter did, he walked right out of prison....
Daniel 3- When Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were tied up and thrown into the blazing flames for not worshiping the image of gold from king nebuchadnezzar. The furnace was so hot that it killed the two guards who threw the men in. The king saw four men in the furnace walking around in the fire, unbound and unharmed, and the fourth look like the son of God.
1 Samuel 17- We all know the story... David and Goliath.