The Road to Kona à la TriGallery
This morning, I am on the plane en route to Kona for the Ford Ironman World Championship. It feels surreal. I will not participate in this event as an athlete but as an artist. Yes an artist! I really believe that the athlete and the artist’s mind are connected in perfectly similar ways. As I am reflecting on my journey to get on this plane, I don’t know if I feel ready, scared, anxious or simply crazy!
It was in 2008 that the seed of Art for the Endurance Athlete was planted. I should say that the first step to racing my own Ironman-like journey took a few years to take as planning, strategic timing from a family front, location as well as the stars, needed to align. Easier said than done of course.
The athlete and the achiever in you knows that if it (anything) was easy, everyone would do it!
It was mid August, two months after I met with the World Triathlon Corporation for the first time in Tampa that we decided that there was nothing like “now” for the birth of TriGallery at this year’s Ford Ironman® World Championship. A challenging few weeks to bloom a business from production of artwork, brand identity, financial decisions, production and many hurdles mixed with fabulous community feedback along the way. It was real frenzy!
Never stop believing is what made me stronger each day. The difficulties and deadlines to meet along the way were time trials of the fitness of the studio. We were getting ready for the “A” race. We were not going to show up at the finish with sloppy form and dehydrated. We were to “finish strong”.
Just like a huge commitment that is an Ironman on a family and relationship, TriGallery was no different. How to keep a balance when there is a clock ticking to be ready for race day were? Overcoming challenges is the same whomever you are: an athlete, an artist, an engineer, any goal achiever out there. You want it? You go get it! There are always people at your side supporting your crazy dreams and efforts and others to kill it to test your focus. It’s all part of it and paves the journey.
Today I am racing. In fact today I am going to see my own finish line unfold and as a beautiful TriGallery tent (no pun intended) in Kona.
I am writing this blog post while listening to one of my favorite artists: Keane. Ironically, when I looked at the name of the song and album. Perfect!
The album: Hopes and Fears
The Song: Can’t Stop Now!