WHY I TRI?
Be yourself; Everyone else is already taken.— Oscar Wilde.
So many people have asked me what got me started in Triathlons, so here is my story.
I am a former college golfer and have played some type of sport all my life. I love the idea of pushing myself to do things that I do not typically do. After college I got married and my husband introduced me into Crossfit which I love for so many reasons. I did Crossfit while we were in Chattanooga and pregnant with our first kid and all the way through our second pregnancy as well. I love the feeling of that type of fitness and how healthy I felt.
However, one thing to know about me is I love new things and I am do not want to be defined by one thing but many things. That being said another thing to know about me is I do not like TV shows… absolute hate the feeling of allowing myself to sit there and get consumed by a show that brings nothing good to my life but stress because I am wondering whats going to happen on next episode that does not come out for another week. Grrr I hate it.
On that note I started watching YouTube and finding motivational videos. One of the videos broI came across was showing some amazing people who had over come lots of different trials as were there competing in a Ironman. They had such motivational stories, like a blind man who had to be lead the whole time when racing, a women who just got out of prison and was a former alcoholic, a lady who lost her son, a guy with no legs… and the list goes on and and on with people who were defying the odds and doing such an amazing thing by being out there and doing a 2.4 mile swim, 116 mile bike and 26.2 mile run. You want to talk about motivational and uplifting, then go to youtube and see it for youself. If you do not cry or at least tear up then you need to check yourself for a pulse. Just watch this video “Wired Differently” and tell me you do not get the feels from this video.
As I am sitting there I thought to myself. What is my excuse? Why, am I not out there doing what they are doing? If these amazing people who have had to overcome such tough times and many different trials then why do I not go out there and join them on that journey. I am blessed to be healthy, have my legs and sight.. so I need to be out there with them doing this. So here I go on the journey to finding the race for me. I see them out there pushing through and I want what they have.
Now keep in mind I do not like water, I have never rode a rode bike and I have not ran longer then a mile in over 5 years. However, here I go doing research on women who tri and which Ironman would work best for me, especially with it being my first one I felt like I needed to do lots of research to find the right one. I found a group on facebook called “Women For Tri” and started reading all of their post and asking questions. This page is full of so many supportive women and so many great stories and resources. Please go and check it out if you have not already.
After researching and still not having a bathing suite, bike or went on any type of run I took the plunge and signed up for Augusta 70.3 (half Ironman). After doing all my research and asking lots of questions I figured this was the best place to start with half Ironman because of time and having 2 little kiddos. Next I need if I was going to succeed at this I needed to find a local training group and get going. I came across a local group in my area called HEAT (Hendersonville Endurance Athletic Training). I quickly joined them and it was not long before someone from the group reached out to me and asked me if I want to join them for a run. OMG!!! I was so nervous… I had not run in forever and she was wanting to run 4 miles at 6 am in the freezing cold. I had to get on amazon and order me to some extra layers asap. I did not want to say no because I was ready to get going on this new adventure of mine. So glad I have such a supportive husband. I met them that Sunday to run and I thought I was dying but I could not dare let that show to them and I finished the 4 miles and thought… Wow I am a dumb dumb! My body was so soar the next day and for days to come.
This was the beginning of my long journey and this is my why. I want to be a part of all those amazing people who push their-selves daily to be more and be better. To be out there competing in any type of Ironman you have to dig deep in yourself to find the time and the push to get through the long and intense training we have to do. I want my kids to see me and be like wow our mom is a Boss mom. I want them to see what it is like to work hard for something and to push through even on the days that you do not want to show up and the days that you think you cant. Because trust me when you are training for a Ironman, rather it a half or full there will be lots of days where you no longer want to do it and when you feel like you just can not keep going. Finding a group of people/ women for me to train with was key to my success.
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