My 2019 Fitness Goals.
On Saturday I crossed the finish line of the Kiawah Marathon. It was the end of one race, the end of my 2018 race schedule but most importantly, it was the end of Phase 1 of my endurance journey.
I wasn’t athletic growing up. I didn’t play organized sports. I certainly didn’t run. A few years ago, I didn’t feel well and I went to a doctor, who said my blood pressure was sky high from stress. He gave me three options: find a less stressful job, take medication or start working out. I started hitting the gym, but it didn’t stick. Then, Edwin Peacock introduced me to F3 and my life changed forever. I was hooked.
I could write for days about how I got to where I am today. I’ll summarize it instead by just saying that I’ve gone as hard as I could at the detriment of my body. I wanted to keep up with all my F3 brothers.
I wanted to lead from the front.
This was the craziest year so far. Over 700 hours of training. Over 1000 miles running. Over 3,000 miles between biking, swimming and running. 5 marathons. Ironman. And so much more.
My body is crushed. My back and hips are a train wreck. I’ve been having heart problems that the cardiologist can’t figure out. The truth is that I haven’t ever listened to my body. I waited too long to educate myself on biology and physiology. I didn’t train smart. I just went hard until I collapsed.
(A quick bit of advice: don’t be like me. Be smarter. Don’t wreck your body in some obsessive attempt to be a badass. Go hard. Be a badass. But, be a badass that can do badassery for decades.)
Now, it’s time to start over. Completely. From scratch. I’m entering Phase 2 of my fitness journey.
In 2019 you will see a different Wesley. Now that I am an Ironman it’s time to become a fast Ironman. The target is IM TX in April 2020. That means I must spend the next year rebuilding my body the right way. I’m slowing way down. And that means far fewer events in 2019.
I publish my goals publicly because so many of you hold me accountable, especially my F3 brothers. So, as we close 2018 I give you my 2019 fitness goals:
1. Train smart to crush IM TX, April 26 2020
2. 2 half Ironman distance triathlons
3. 1 major American marathon (NYC, DC or Chicago)
4. 3 sprints triathlons
5. Lowcountry Splash
6. Get a shredded core
7. Get super flexible
Thank you for inspiring me to be a healthier person and for all of your support along the way.