Difficult But Meaningful

Difficult and meaningful will always bring more satisfaction than easy and meaningless.

— Maxime Lagacé —

I ran across the opening quote the other day and it made me pause and reflect.

I just started my sixth week of preparation for Ironman Ohio which takes place on July 26th.

On Monday I did an hour of interval training on my spinner bike in our exercise room. Tuesday I swam a mile which included twelve 100 meter sprint intervals with thirty-second breaks in between.

Let’s be clear–the older I get the more I HATE interval training. But I’ve found that the more I age, the more I need interval training just to maintain my level of cardiovascular and musculoskeletal fitness.

If done correctly, interval training is extremely difficult because it forces you to max out your heart rate during each interval while resting just enough to catch your breath in order to start again.

Regardless of how difficult it is, it is extremely beneficial/meaningful for me on race day.

For my anti-exercise readers, you might think I’m a tad bit off. No problem, I’m used to that type of questioning.

There is an additional method to my exercise madness.

I need to exercise for my mental and physical health.

Plain. And. Simple.

It is hard for me to exercise unless I have some type of event to compete in. Thus my reason for competing in triathlons.

If I’m going to compete in triathlons I am not going to embarrass myself–therefore I train pretty intensely.

The other reason I exercise is because of our dear son Jordan. He requires full care, which means we need to be in top physical and mental shape to care for him.

Our life with Jordan is not easy. In fact some days it is VERY difficult.

BUT–it is so meaningful.

What meaningful life event or activity are you missing out on because you feel it will be too difficult?

Is there someone you need to make amends to?

Is there someone you need to forgive?

Is there someone who needs you to be their “truth-teller?”

Is there a fitness center calling your name?

BTW…I’ve done all the above and have not regretted doing a single one.

The difficult road, although sometimes quite arduous, has much more meaning and is much more fulfilling…I write from experience…and for those of you who follow Jesus and know what He did…I believe you would agree with me.

John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” 




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