Ringing In a New Goal


On the Rig at Warrior Tech OCR, Morrisville, NC

It’s already mid-January and some of those resolutions/goals/fresh starts whatever-you-want-to-call-them are getting hard.  Maybe you’re re-evaluating.

I’ve set my sights on a Spartan SPRINT this year.  As a 2x IRONMAN finisher, I’m no stranger to running or super challenging athletic events, so as far at that 5K run, I’m good.  Endurance is my thing.  Now, letting go of my hand from 1 monkey bar to the next?  Sure.  Let me just get right on that as my life flashes before my eyes.  Have you seen that 7-foot wall?  I’m 5’ 4” and supposed to “just jump up and grab the top to muscle my way up.”  Ha!  My current vertical is 7 inches tops.  You do the math.  Pull up.  My shoulders and lats are supposed to lift these cycling quads?  Inverted wall.  Yeah, ok.  And how does that happen without breaking your neck?  I’ve got kids to feed and bills to pay.

IRONMAN training has taught me to have faith; with practice, the fitness will come.  When you register for a race, you don’t need to have the endurance to finish it, just the guts to start.   This year, I’m in uncharted territory.  I’ve never completed a pull up without assistance or climbed a rope.  And those obstacles I mentioned above, yea, those either.  Why would I?  On the other hand, how cool would it be if I could?   When my mind goes there – especially as I watch my boys swing through a new rig like monkeys - I’m inspired to keep showing up.  New workouts in the gym and new classes.  New soreness as I use muscles that haven’t been used this way before.  New empowerment and pride each time I get a little further on an obstacle.  As hard as it is, I’m loving every moment.  I’ll keep showing up, and one step at a time I’ll get there - whether “there” is strong enough to master the obstacles or to show my boys how to gracefully fall off Olympus and then complete every penalty burpee.

When you consider your 2020 goals, what’s going to keep you going when it gets tough?  Need a little more inspiration?  Check out these SAS Life posts and keep showing up!  Your “it” will happen one baby step, hand release, or mile at time!

Be the “Behavior” Change

Creatures of Habit

Cut the excuses;  it’s time to get moving!

Eating 8-10 Servings of Fruits and Vegetables

Health: Make it a Habit

How to get from your desk to the gym and back in an hour

Iron-Strong Relationships in the Midst of Change

Reach the finish line this fall with these 6 tips

Ready for Change

Recreate to Feel Great!

A Rookie’s Guide to Yoga

True Confessions

Why Willpower Fails Me


About Author

Amanda Pack

Sr. Recreation and Fitness Program Coordinator

Amanda received her B.A. in Exercise and Sport Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. At SAS, she has shares her passion of wellness with SAS employees as a Senior Recreation and Fitness Program Coordinator. When she’s not teaching others how to squat, chaturanga, and run or coaching expecting moms and Ironmen-to-be, you’ll find her exploring the outdoors with her husband, two sons, and schnoodle, cooking, propagating succulents, and training for endurance events. She’s a 2x IRONMAN finisher and multi-marathoner who loves to be on the trails or on her yoga mat! Amanda is registered through Yoga Alliance as an Experienced 200 hour Yoga Teacher (E-RYT200), certified in personal training and group exercise instruction through the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA), an IRONMAN Certified Coach and has training in prenatal yoga, Cosmic Kid's Yoga, and as a postpartum doula.

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