Wednesday, September 20, 2006

To the post-Ironman Future Me

Ironman J. had an intriguing idea for me, which really made me ponder, but still has me a bit stumped. I'm looking for your input on this one.

He recommended that I write an email to the "future me" (using this emailing service) to have delivered after my Ironman race is over. He said that I should include all the fear, excitement, etc., that I'm feeling right now.

What would you include? What should I include?

14 comments:

triathlonmom said...

Nancy, I think J. has a great idea! I would write about what you want to get out of the race -- why you are doing it. Also, I would indulge yourself just a little, and write about your fears and concerns. Acknowleding them can actually help keep them at bay.
It would be a chance to be really honest with yourself. To write something for a change without thinking about what all the bloggers will think about what you are writing.

TriFeist said...

Give yourself a list of the 3 things you think are most important now. Brain dump on them. Then write anything else that comes to mind. It will be a cool way to compare what was important before/after.

runr53 said...

Now wait a minute there! You won't change the "maybe" (ever hear of self fulfilling prophecy) from your header but you'll write the future you an email??? What is wrong with that picture, hmmm???

jbmmommy said...

I'd consider writing about what you think completing the Ironman will change in your life, if anything, and then see whether that's the case when you've done it. Also, address whatever your biggest concerns are and then you can judge how well you dealt with them after the fact. Remember to tell yourself you're entitled to feel however you feel, it's your race and your journey. Thanks for sharing it with us.

Iron Pol said...

Writing notes to yourself for future use is a good practice. You must, however, make sure to provide for all contingencies. Success, less than desirable performance, or lessons learned for the next attempt.

Though nobody likes to let the thought of a DNF cross their mind, you have to make sure that you remind yourself that the journey was about more than a single destination. And that the journey has a moving target for a finish line.

nancytoby said...

Rnr53,
LOL! Maybe I'll tell the future me, "YOU SUCK, YOU DIDN'T FINISH, DID YOU!?!?"

I don't know what I'll say yet, I'm still thinking!!

Cliff said...

This is a good idea..

I want to print out all my blogs and keep it as a journal.

Good to look back smoe where down the road.

Fe-lady said...

I don't know....I think that by being either too sure,or too cautious can come back to bite you. I would ignore this personally. I rarely ever talk about the event that I am "going to do" or "going to finish"- I think it jinxs it. I guess I am just a superstitious person...which is kind of silly, but I have seen it happen too often where everyone (self included)thinks one can finish something hard by just talking about it and having others tell you how "awesome" you are- and then you blow up. Do you see where I am headed with this? :-)

Fe-lady said...

To add to this...you are already a super record keeper, planner, and I believe "knower of self and abilities". (i.e. "older and wiser gal") so I think you will do fine with or without your e-mail to yourself. You have already "talked" to yourself thousands of times in your head already and on your blog about how prepared you are for this upcoming event! I say write yourself a congratulations....after you finish tho! :-)

Chris said...

Isn't that what keeping this blog is partially all about? :)

runr53 said...

Now there we go again! My point is that the "maybe" is a bad thing it is just a matter of when! Absolutely no sucky talk whatsoever, right??? If your daughters are trying to do something and they don't think they can do you let them say it, hmmm??? Good for the... Run Good!

Spokane Al said...

I don't think I care for this idea. I am much more into just planning and doing, and then later blathering about what I did. It seems like it complicates things a great deal to have to now craft a literary piece about what I might do, so I can then read it after I have done it, and evaluate what I did to what I was hoping to do, after I did it and then determine how I did to what I thought I would do.

Did you get all that Nancy?

nancytoby said...

Al - Makes sense to me! Notice I haven't done it yet.... but I'm still thinking about it!

*jeanne* said...

How about simply,
"YOU DID IT, DIDN'T YOU!!!
CONGRATULATIONS, IRON NANCY!"