Sep 19, 2011
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Mr. Kemp, Why would you do that?

It was innocent enough, a student I was talking to asked, “Why would you do that?”

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We were talking about setting goals, short-term goals and long-term goals. We were talking about setting our bar high. About pushing our expectations of ourselves. We were also talking about being honest about our intentions.

And that’s when it struck me, why am I doing this? Why am I training for an Ironman? The real reason, the reason deep down inside.

I had to say, “I don’t know.”

Maybe it’s because I’ve made the commitment.  Blown the money and now feel obligated.

Maybe it’s ego, I want to do something that others can’t or haven’t.

Maybe I want to prove something to myself or to others, about my abilities. To show them.

Maybe I want a challenge that will push me to my physical and mental limits.

Maybe I want to make my Mom and Dad proud.

Or maybe, I want to live a life that takes advantage of opportunities. I’m physically well, fit and in a position to attempt it. I’m in a place, where on a daily basis, I tell kids to try something that seems too difficult to achieve. I tell kids to dream big, to set the bar high and I don’t want to be a hypocrite. I want to look them in the eye and tell them, they can do anything.

I don’t really know why I’m doing it. I don’t know why it became a goal I had. But I guess, that’s the beauty of goals sometimes; you set them and if you are willing to sacrifice and put the time in, they become part of you, part of who you want to be.

“Live Passionately Today” is tattooed on my left wrist.  Maybe this whole thing is my attempt to personify that.

And I guess, most likely, it is all these reasons.


This was cross-posted at my other blog, In Constant Pursuit, about my pursuit of Ironman.

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