Triathlon is so many things to me, it's now my career, my lifestyle, my friends, my fun. You would think I would be tired of it. Nope, I could talk about it every single day (and I do) for a majority of the day. I eat, breath and sleep it sometimes!
When I was little, well heck, when I was in high school or even college I never thought I would be signing up to get my pro card in triathlon. What a ludicrous, crazy thought! I certainly didn't ever think I would be a coach but it fits my personality and goals right now during this part of my life perfectly.
Even with the ups and downs of racing sometimes I always come back to the fact that I truly believe I am right where I am supposed to be right at this moment in time, 32 years old (for one more month :) living this not so normal, but totally normal to me, life.
I heard this song today by Gavin Degraw called "I Don't Wanna Be" and it reminded me of that once again...
FYP Athlete Brad and I after Canoe Creek Triathlon last weekend. He had a great race and I'm just so proud of him for literally starting his life over and becoming such a strong and confident athlete in the sport. He was one of my first and has never stop believing in his dreams! Such an inspiration to me!!
After a fast T1 (with shoes again on the bike I might add - yeah!), I headed out right behind her and after fumbling a bit with my shoes I was finally off and rolling. I pushed as hard as I could humanly push on that bike. My tongue was hanging out, split was pouring out the side of my mouth, I was having trouble drinking and breathing at the same time.. you know.. all good signs you are going hard enough! We had to do this little loop almost 5 times (4.5) so I did get a chance to see Kyle and my family quite a bit and had lots of cheers which was very cool!! I wasn't making up a bit of ground on Beth and I knew that was all that was in the tank that day. The power numbers were looking much better than last week so I just tried to stay focused on not letting my average drop!
Finally, it was out of the shoes and time to throw on the running shoes to run. I was almost two minutes down after the bike which on a trail run and a 5k was going to be almost impossible to make up. I settled in to stay safe, go as hard as I could and try to stay with / beat the guy in front of me who seemed to not want to let me pass for the life of me on this little trail. I'd try, he'd speed up. Oh the men and their egos. After what seemed like an eternity of going up and down hill I finally made a move with about half a mile to go and passed him. He stayed RIGHT on my heels though so I had a bad feeling that a sprint finish was going to be the final word. When we finally cleared the trees and started heading toward the finish I could feel him behind me and I tried to surge.. nothing. O well! I don't train much for this stuff these days! I don't even think my legs knew what was going on for most of that race.
Beth took home the win with me, Heather and Mimi in 2nd, 3rd, and 4th! Hats off ladies!! You all did so well!!
Afterward I got to do a lot of socializing (which I love) and I saw plenty of my YMCA friends since that is who put on this race. Cathy is just one of those people that always puts things in perspective for me. She and I get ready together sometimes in the morning (back when I did the day-job thing!) and we would chat. Previously she was a smoking, non-exercising, not such a great healthy eater in her old life. These days she's working out, sometimes twice a day, eating healthier (after working with yours truly) and quit smoking! It's so great to see her losing weight and she's been doing some 5k's trying to improve her time. Talk about turning your life around. It just goes to show you..
You’re never too old, never too bad, never too late and never too sick to start from the scratch once again. Bikram Choudhury
Yep, I agree. Thanks for everyone who came out and volunteered for this race, cheered and helped to make it possible. Thanks to my coach Jesse from QT2 who forces me out of my aerobic comfort zone and who helps me see improvement on a weekly basis!! Finally, thanks to all my sponsors, Top Gear Bicycle, Powerbar, BlueSeventy, Newton and to my charity partner Ballou Skies. You all are a part of my team and I am thankful to be a part of yours. I could never do this without you!!
Don't forget!! I'd like to raise $1000 by Cedar Point (Sept 9th) for Ballou Skies. I have $100 to start with in the kitty! Please help if you can by DONATING HERE and putting my name in the form! Thank you in advance for your help in reaching this important goal!!!