Having first Ironman doubts is to be expected. You are embarking on a life-changing adventure that will test you in many ways.

Perhaps your training is almost all behind you now and your attempt at Ironman immortality is not too far away.

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Never lose sight of this no matter how impossible, improbable, and daunting the journey may seem at times.

The closer the big day gets the more demons begin to surface and self-doubt is leading the way.

Followed closely by that inevitable question, what on earth have I gotten myself into?

Fear not.

It’s quite possible that pretty well every novice Ironman has exactly those same feelings as the big day gets near and suddenly they find themselves at an Ironman Triathlon swim start. There seems to be a couple of reasons why almost everyone deals with this same issue.

For one thing you’ve put an immense amount of time and effort into your preparation. You’ve given up a lot and most likely family and social life have been put on hold.

The thought of failing and letting down everyone who has supported your preparation can become overwhelming if you dwell on it.

Of course, the ultimate goal is to reach the elusive finish line, but keep in mind the long list of accomplishments you have achieved by reaching the start line.

Maybe you had to learn how to swim and never imagined you would one day be capable of swimming 2.4-miles in the open water, or had never been anywhere near a triathlon bike, but now can ride for miles.

Possibly you were a bit out of shape and not particularly pleased with what you saw when you looked in the mirror. Maybe your self-confidence was at a pretty low ebb. Let’s face it, sometimes life can get a little stagnant and repetitive and it seems nothing will ever change it.

Then one day, something pretty amazing happened. You were Ironstruck. Something moved you about this event and a spark was ignited that brought about a stunning metamorphosis.

Well, look at you now!

You have certainly come a long, long way.

You are most likely in the best shape of your life. You have a better understanding of diet and nutrition, training, resting, and of sacrifice and accomplishment.

You are already a new, improved version of yourself and as result have done something very special for those who care about you. All this, and you have yet to start the race. You simply cannot fail, because of what you have already accomplished, you have won.

So, don’t fear the Ironman. Embrace it. Go to the waters edge with confidence. You are ready to vanquish those first Ironman doubts.

Feel the remarkable power, spirit, and exhilaration that builds as anticipation makes way for action.

Take comfort in the fact that you are not alone, and at that singular moment in time, you are an integral part of the fittest single group of people in the world. Have confidence in your preparation. You have earned the right to participate. That spark that was ignited months ago has led you down this path.

Welcome the challenge and soon you will come to know what you are truly capable of.

You will leave your comfort zone and surpass physical, mental and emotional limits that you would never have thought possible.

Soon that tiny spark that was kindled so long ago will become a glow that will stay with you forever as your first Ironman doubts become a distant memory.

Do You Doubt Yourself? is an excerpt from my book IronStruck…The Ironman Triathlon Journey.

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