GOALS... They don't just happen... You have to get outside and make it happen today!

Dustin Hinton, Merrell Alpha Pack Leader, motivates you to achieve your goals!
January 9, 2013

In 2011 I had ZERO goals, ZERO drive, and ZERO medals, I was 220lbs, I didn't swim, I didn't bike, and I didn't run. I was eating a lot of food and doing a lot of NOTHING... I decided it was time to set a big goal, The 140.6 mile IRONMAN Triathlon, but I wanted to do it in one year, a real Couch to IRONMAN, and I wanted to complete every race along the way (13.1, 26.2, 70.3, and 140.6). Everyone thought I was a nut, crazy, and INSANE, but I wanted to do something big, something that would wake up my inner athlete, and most of all something that would give me a huge sense of accomplishment. I set small more reachable goals along the path to the BIG goal, that way I would have a string of accomplishments along the way to help me keep moving forward with confidence and excitement.

Every small goal became more and more challenging, but with each finish I became stronger, more confident, and happier as a person. I started to discover things about myself that I didn't know existed. While spending hours and hours outside, in nature, with all of the fresh air, water, the hot, the cold, the rain, the snow, and all of the elements, I started to feel more and more ALIVE. I ran with groups of people, I swam with groups of people, I biked with groups of people, and along the way I made friends, the best of friends... There is something about moving forward, TOGETHER, with large amounts of people that just puts lightning in your veins and just wakes up your brain.

I noticed quickly that time was really flying by and before I knew it the 13.1 was gone, the marathon (that had long intimated me) had passed, the 70.3 was in the rear view mirror, and now only one big goal remained, IRONMAN LOUISVILLE. I remember packing up the car and driving from New Orleans to Louisville, just my 4 year old son, my goggles, my bike, and my Merrell Bare Access shoes... It was a true journey... My son kept asking me during the drive, "Are we at IRONMAN yet Daddy?" HAHA, "Not yet Bud, Not yet..." Long story short, the gun went off and 15 hours and 55 minutes later I crossed the finish line, I became an IRONMAN, I held my son, and they put the medal around his little neck (you should have seen his eyes light up). That day was the single greatest day of my life, hands down...

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Goals, when set, come quickly... Time is an unstoppable force and you just have to pick the right goals, you have to dream big, put your head down and work as hard as you can, and in the blink of an eye you'll be standing at the start line, and soon crossing the finish line. Sometimes we wait for the right time, we wait for everything to be perfect, we WAIT, and we WAIT, and we WAIT... Waiting is just another excuse... If you are waiting for a sign then here it is, GET OUTSIDE, START TODAY, AND DON'T GIVE UP UNTIL YOU REACH YOUR GOAL! Sincerely, YOUR SIGN!

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Oh, and P.S. - Goals sometimes come with an extra bonus, Like losing 55lbs... (I'm at 165lbs now!!)

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Do you have a goal (big or small)? Join The Pack by clicking here then tell us your goal by Tweeting it, Posting it on Instagram, or Post it to Our Merrell Facebook page. Use #MerrellPack and #BeMerrell for us to see it and let's all work together and reach your goal!



Dustin Hinton

Trail running, triathlon, marathons
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