I remember 2 years ago when I met Jenny. She and I hit it off immediately and I felt I’d met a kindred soul. As we were chatting she told me she had done a triathlon (or maybe was getting ready to do her first, I can’t remember now). I was so impressed that this Mother of 6 was doing triathlons. I knew I could never do it, but loved that she did.
Fast forward to now and I now know I can do hard things. I can run long distances, I can swim, I can cycle…I can do a triathlon.
Since I finished my half marathon in March, I haven’t done a whole lot of anything. I had nothing to train for and frankly, I was worn out. I had trained so hard for 15 weeks and honestly, I just didn’t want to do anything at all. Since then I have swam some and gone on a pretty long bike ride. A triathlon has always been in the back of my mind as something I wanted to do someday.
Sunday became my someday. With encouragement from my dear friend, Candida, I signed up for my first triathlon. Yes, my first because I know this will not be my last. I am so excited I can barely stand it. I woke up on Monday morning at 5 am and was ready to go run. I ran, I pushed myself, and loved every second of it. I am training with Candida and the two of us will be there on race day ready to go. She is such a great motivator and keeps me going. She said I actually went a bit fast for her!! She is usually looking behind her talking to me, but this time I stayed with her the whole time. It was great and felt so good to be out again.
Since this is my first Tri, I will be doing the sprint distance – 500 meter swim, 15 mile bike ride and a 5K. I might always do this distance, but maybe someday I will do a full triathlon…who knows!
I know I won’t be the fastest, I know I won’t win by a long shot, but I am going to go and give it my all.