I’ve decided. Next August 4th, I will be competing in Norseman, in Norway. Time to go back to my Nordic routes, and compete in something that is going to take every bit of sweat, blood, and tears in my body. I am not training to win, I am training to finish. I have a little over a year to train completely for this, which will involve me getting a bike, living in the pool, and continuing running as much as possible. It’s a 15 hour competition…and I am looking forward the every ounce of pain and willpower it will take to finish. Throughout this year, I am going to compete in triathlons to get me ready for this…but as I have proclaimed it to the world. I will accomplish this.

I have been running every single day. Once I can get into a pool, I will start swimming and biking. My goal is to wake up around 6 am each day to get on the bike and then later in the day run the hills. What is going to be a big challenge for me, is the fact that I have been slapping on as much muscle as possible the past couple years…and the body I will need to accomplish this, will probably be about 30 lbs lighter than I am right now. The extreme amounts of cardio will do the job of eating away at what I don’t need.

Why am I doing this? You ever get that feeling where you say to yourself “I want to do something great?” I want to see truly what I am made out of to my core. I believe that if we don’t test ourselves, we will truly never know what we are made out of. There is a major opportunity for me to find out what I can do. I know throughout the year I will be competing in other triathlons and IronMan competitions, but come August 2014…the true test will begin. Arguably the hardest one there is. Mind, body, and soul will all have to go into this.

There are times when we really just have to look at our lives and find the spots where we want to make changes. Then it really just comes down to making the change by coming up with a plan. One of the coolest things about life is that at any second, you really can turn it all around. Some changes come with a longer time table than others, but you really have the options to do whatever you want to do with your life. There have been many times when I have just been feeling crummy and picked myself up out of a slump because there is that little spark inside of me that says “lets go! what are you doing? feeling bad for yourself? what do you say you are made of? love…passion…never quit!”

There will be times over this next year where I will face huge amounts of adversity. But I know, in my heart, that I have what it takes to overcome.



Evan Sanders

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  • Candace Gauger
    July 1, 2012 at 8:05 pm

    Good luck in your endeavor to prepare for this even. I know you can do it!

  • thejessicaness
    July 1, 2012 at 10:39 pm

    Sounds like fun. I would ride my bike with you for days and I can run a few miles when needed, but have always been one to float in the water. It seems you have enough drive to accomplish this. I look forward to the post with your tired smile of completion. Good Luck!

    • thejessicaness
      July 1, 2012 at 10:48 pm

      I suppose I should’ve watched the video first. At least you picked a beautiful place for such a painstaking personal feat!

  • thewardanceofthemindandsoul
    July 2, 2012 at 12:33 am

    You are so inspiring Evan. Good luck with this huge task. And if you ever feel yourself floundering just let us know on this blog. I’m sure there will be lots of encouragement forthcoming, for one so brave!

  • brianwilliamsen
    July 2, 2012 at 9:20 am

    That’s awesome, go get it! I’m Norwegian and it’s extra cool for me to read about this, as you’ll be heading back to the homeland. Neat stuff.

  • Garry O'Neal Jr.
    July 2, 2012 at 11:38 am

    I wish you success!!!! you CAN do it!

  • paulaacton
    July 2, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    Good luck though I am sure you will not need it. How are you planning preparing for the weather conditions? Given the tempermental weather we have in europe you may have to alternate training on the beach and in an ice bath if Norway is anywhere near as changable as here in the UK

  • runningwithoutsocks
    July 3, 2012 at 12:52 am

    “You ever get that feeling where you say to yourself “I want to do something great?”” – Inspiring!
    Good luck – I’m sure you’ll do fabulously!

  • scarletwings
    July 3, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    hey good luck ! your practice for the competition will give us strength and motivation coz i m hoping you will be updating us with ur routine and how far u are building up your physical and mental stamina