|This was the finish. You can't tell, but I was happy :)|
I went to a party after the race and told everyone about it. They were shocked that I had done something so amazing (or at least they pretended to care).
Fast forward to 2013. Thanks to Facebook, Twitter, and blogs, everyone I know does triathlons, runs marathons, does adventure races...You name it, I "know" someone who does it.
Does this make my accomplishments any less amazing? Sometimes it does. I finished a half Ironman. I should be thrilled. Instead, I see people who use my BIG RACE as warm up. I read about people who run 2 marathons in a weekend. People who run ultra marathons.
I joined this online world of endurance athletes to be inspired. And don't get me wrong, I am inspired. I have learned so much more is possible than I ever could have imagined. But sometimes it gets to me. I can't open my Facebook page on a weekend and not see at least 5 pictures of race medals. I can't look Daily Mile and not find someone who has logged insane mileage. Sometimes it's too much.
I need to step back and be proud of what I've accomplished compared to when I started. Not worry about what other people have accomplished.