So that's about it.
And here I am, now with some title of Ironman, but pretty much the same person when it comes down to it. It's been a long and sometimes crazy journey, but I crossed that finish line and for that I am just still really thankful.
A little more than a week has passed, and many people have been asking me two questions that I've also been asking myself:
1. So, are you going to do another one?
Absolutely. No question about it. It's just a matter of when. Right now I'm thinking Florida, 2008...
2. Now what?
I don't know. I do, but I don't...and that's pretty exciting. Finish lines are really just starting lines for new things, I think.
So what will I do now?
I will sleep in until 8:47am and make gingerbread waffles on a Saturday, and eat them with my husband while I sip on my Traverse City Cherry coffee and read Outside Magazine.
I will do some indoor rock climbing--I've been meaning to give that a try again.
I'll get back into yoga, for relaxation and for stretching.
I will swim. For fun. I will maybe give the Master's team a shot, just to give Competitive Sara something to do, since she might get bored otherwise.
I will read your blogs and be inspired by all of you.
I will spend time with my family and friends.
I will try to get a little better at snowboarding--I've only done it once, and ended up on my butt pretty much the whole day. I don't like to let things "win" like that, so boarding, here I come....
I will do some mountain biking with Matt and enjoy the fall colors, and ride with my friends preparing for IM FL, too. Not the full length rides that they are doing, but I'll join them for a few hours and try to support them as they hit their high volume weeks. I know how hard these weeks can be.
I will run with my running friends again and enjoy the company of group runs.
I will travel to Chicago to support my friend in her first marathon!
I will head to Hawaii in December with Matt and enjoy some time in a paradise that neither of us has been to yet.
And next year, I'll do triathlons, of course, because it's as much a part of me as breathing and blinking are. Probably shorter stuff--maybe try to get my Half Ironman time down? Who knows....the possibilities are endless.
For now, I'm enjoying the little things...all the little things that I had to put on hold this past year...and it is wonderful.
So I've definitely changed, but at the same time, I'm still the same old Sara. But I know now that really, truly, "Anything is possible."
And I can't seem to stop dreaming of all the possibilities.