Sunday, I participated in my first high endurance event, an Olympic distance Triathlon - swim 9/10 mile, bike 25 miles, run 6.2 miles. I would have never decided to do something so huge, but it was for such a good cause. I was part of Team in Training (TNT) and raised funds for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I've had 4 very close family members die from blood cancers so this was very personal for me.
Three months ago, I could barely swim.
Three months ago, I never thought I could get on a bike and ride 25 miles.
Three months ago, who wants to run 6 miles? Not me.
Well, I DID IT!! I've been training for 3 months and there were so many times I wanted to give up, but I didn't. When I started my training, I had no idea what I was getting myself in to. I'm not very athletic and I'm overweight. I worked out a few days a week at the gym, but didn't really push myself. I knew I could do more but didn't know how to get there. I truly believe that if I can do this, anyone can. Really, anyone can. Don't shake your head and think, "not me" because I know you can do it. You just need a support system. Every time I came home and told my husband I didn't think I could do this, he was always there with a hug and supportive word. During the bike portion, I called my husband and said I needed to hear a "Go Mommy Go" from him and my son. It lifted my spirits and kept me going.
The race was difficult, don't get me wrong, but the anticipation of it was much worse than the actual event. It helped that I had completed all the portions of the race on their respective routes. I didn't have any surprises and knew what I was up against. The Team In Training coaches and mentors were fantastic! If you are even thinking about doing any type of high endurance event, I would highly recommend going through Team In Training. Everyone is so supportive and they over train you for the event. You are so ready and pumped up. During the race, I kept thinking about all the people that had enough faith in me that they donated to TNT in my name. I didn't want to let them down, so I kept going.
I'll write a whole post about the actual race. I do have to share that when I was coming in from the bike ride, I got to the transition area and was so shocked to see my brother there. He came up from DC to surprise me. Let me tell you, I was surprised! After the race, we were all at my house, just hanging out and my brother went to take out the recycling. Someone rang the doorbell, I opened the door and my mom was there. She came out from California to support me. What a great family I have!
During the bike ride, they had signs on the big hills to keep you motivated. My favorite sign was "Pain is temporary, but quitting is permanent." That will stay with me forever.
Here are a few pictures from the race:
If anyone is thinking about doing a high endurance event and has any questions, please feel free to contact me. I would be more than happy to tell you about my experience (good and bad).
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