2011 IM Cozumel Post Thoughts

Sonja Wieck

A Denver area triathlete enjoying every day of swim bike run. Mom to Annie, wife to Troy, and guide to a few brave athletes, I'm always in search of the next adventure.

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17 Responses

  1. I loved this post…just loved it. I could relate to so many of the thoughts you shared. I did my first IM at IMAZ this Nov. and while my goal was just to finish, I secretly had a time goal. Unfortunately, things didn’t go quite as well as I would have liked and that time goal went out the window. I was fine with that, and am fine with it, but part of me still thinks…what if? I need to let go, and your post is helping me do that! Thank you!

  2. donna says:

    I am really grateful for your posts, and I’m sure a lot of other people out there are too. Each post is inspirational, and I need inspiration. Like everyone out there who trains for ironman events, or other crazy long events, I juggle giving the right amount of attention to a bunch of things I love, family (husband, son, parents, 2 x cats, the list goes on) , full time job (sometimes a monkey on my back, but I do love it), fixing things around the house, and training. Training tends to sit at the back of my priority list, and gets done when I’m comfortable everything else is in order, but I aim to do 99.9% of the training, and with a good attitude. I have great program and swim coaches, and both set hard work. Sometimes it is difficult to get motivated to get a training set done, and my attitude slips, but reading inspirational blogs like this make me think, “I am not too tired to train properly, I can do this, other people are in the same boat and put in good training efforts, and the end result will be good”. So thank you for your help!!

  3. Angela says:

    By far my favourite post. The emotion, the honesty, the appreciation, the realism- that’s why I keep coming back for more. Thank you & Great job!

  4. Molly says:

    You have a wonderful perspective on the whole thing and this was great to read!!! Enjoy your recovery!

  5. megan says:

    “We ultimately don’t have control of much. We go out there and we do our best, in life, in sport, in relationships. And sometimes our best falls short of what we set out for. But if we are grounded, willing to learn, to self assess, and if we can still smile, then we haul ourselves out … and we move on.”

    This has been my mantra over the last several months, but its been hard to get to this point for whatever reason (but I’m happy I am finally here). Sometimes it takes big changes, sometimes it takes little tweaks (and pink umbrella drinks), but I’m amazed at how quickly you recognized it and motivated yourself to let go. It’s a challenge to let go sometimes of (quite often) inconsequential goals and ideals, to not be “in control”- whatever that means. But truth be told, we just have to do our best day in and day out, and all the rest will fall into place. What matters most is how much heart and soul goes into what you are doing (that’s one thing we do have control over, right?), and how you share it with those you love. You are doing it, girl, and that makes you a serious force to be reckoned with!

  6. Veronica B. says:

    Wow, did this hit home for me. At a very low point in my life when, like you, I felt like I wasn’t in control of anything, I became obsessed with achieving my next belt in Karate. (This was pre-triathlon.) Like racing to a time goal, although you can work hard and prepare the best you can, in the end, you have no control over when you get promoted to a rank so it was an equally poor choice.

    Not sure if that makes sense, but the short story is: I *totally* understand, because I have SO been there. *Hugs*

  7. George says:

    I feel you on the time goals. I had my heart set on sub-10:00:00, too, and I ended up crossing the finish line feeling let down because I went 10:15:00. It was my first Ironman–I should have been psyched that I finished AT ALL! I had been looking forward to that jubilation for months, and then I didn’t really get it because I was so focused on the goal (sub-10) that I missed. It even wrecked the run itself; I spent three hours beating myself up because I knew that I was not running well enough to make the time (which, ironically, made me run even worse). There are just too many factors–wind, rain, course mis-measurement, scooters getting in the way, dogs, flat tires (see Kacie’s blog!)–that can affect your time. For you: second amateur, KQ. That’s what matters. For me: first one done. That’s more important than sub-10. See you in CdA! I know that Kacie is looking forward to being a super-fan with you and Annie! (And by the way, I saw Troy taking those pictures of Annie running while I was in the marathon. I thought it was really cute that she was pretending to take part. I didn’t realize until just now that it was your daughter that I saw! Ha!)

  8. Kim K says:

    i get so caught up in time goals, and get really really upset when i dont reach them. maybe they are lofty, but mostly they are realistic and it kills me to not get there. i need to learn to enjoy the day – and know that there are things i will never be able to control, like weather! i love this post sonja and am so glad to hear that you are relaxing and resting after Coz!

  9. Christi says:

    Thank you for sharing your journey through honesty. Your struggles mimic mine in some ways and so I take this journey with you in some ways. That means a lot to me. And I will try and remember these words as well…

    “Focus on the hard stuff that no one else will do, be calm when others have angst, rally when others are falling apart.”

    Again thanks!

  10. Christie says:

    I am a follower but rarely leave comments (sorry:D)… I just want to say this post from you was amazing. It gave me a total ‘Ah-ha’ moment. I am such a control freak… and before I really got into my training, I was at such a low point in my life. Transferring that ‘negative’ control or addiction for a positive control and a positive addiction such at training has put me in such a happier place in my life. Every time things seem to be falling apart and veering towards those old bad habits I control my training a bit more and all is well again. It seem so simple, but I did not realize the connection until reading your post. THANKS:)

  11. Kristi says:

    This post blows me away Sonja! Love it, love it, love it. You bring everything to life in such a real way and you really “put it out there”. Thank you for sharing.

  12. Bill says:

    Wonderful, Sonja. I am only an ultrarunner, yet yours is one of my favorite blogs. Thanks so much for sharing what you share with us. Your writing always helps me think of my running and my life in a slightly different way. Marvelous. Marvelous. Marvelous.

  13. Richele says:

    Thank you for your wonderful candidness. Training can be all-consuming and sometimes wreaks havoc on every other aspect of our lives, yet we grind through it. It becomes difficult to manage the priorities and remember why we do what we do – especially when we are tired and when the demands of everything else creep up. And then, that moment on race day reminds us why we go through all of this, the physical pain and the emotional toil. Nothing is impossible in this life. Ever.

  14. Stephen Grady says:


    Great post. So true to all that you wrote. Enjoy reading about your two days a year (and the rest of the blog posts) and look forward to reading more. Ironman races truly are special. As are other people/events in our individual lives.

  15. Mary Tanner says:

    Best post ever. Love your honesty!

  16. Jen says:

    How did I miss this post??? I am a little choked up reading it. I could relate to so many of the sentiments. Thanks for the honesty and for giving all that you do to those of us who are lucky enough to call you “coach.”


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