I decided to give triathlon a try in 2014. I had gotten back into running and had watched my sister over the last couple years and since I no longer thought she was crazy for wanting to do 3 forms of exercise right after another I thought I was ready for a new challenge.
I was nervous and scared but also excited. I remember feeling embarrised when I started to swim because 1. I didn't like to put my face underwater and 2. there was a lifeguard that would be watching me struggle to get across the pool! But I just kept going back and as Dori would say I just kept swimming.
I saved up and purchased my first road bike and for the first few weeks I rode it inside on Fisher's trainer. It felt so tiny to me and I was scared of cars. Eventually I took it outside, and my first ride I probably went down every street in our neighborhood so I could practice clipping in and out of the pedals at every stop sign because I was nervous I would fall over. I kept riding and went on a few group rides to learn from experienced riders. What I started to love about the bike is that I could see so much more and unlike running, I could still give myself little breaks and still be moving forward :).
My first "Brick" (run off the bike) felt like I had been riding a horse all day and when I tried to start jogging my legs felt 20 pounds heavier as if I were running through mud. (Maybe a slight exaggeration, but it felt weird!) But I kept jogging, and after a mile felt like I had accomplished something amazing and thought I could keep going forever (but I didn't, I stopped, took a shower and probably a nap).
My first year of triathlong ended with a Half Ironman. Before I finished that race I signed up for my first full Ironman for the following year. I had that registration screen open for a month. When I finally hit that "complete registration" button a little flame was lit.
Although it started out as a challenge for myself, now it has become apart of my life and reminds me how lucky I am to have my health to continue to do these events. It gives me time to relfect on my life and remember all the special people we have lost, and reminds me how much I love the people that are still here.
This year I have decided to fundraise and join Team IRONMAN FOUNDATION for my race in the fall. I'm excited to be apart of a team that will give back to several charities in the communities that the races are held. I'm going to learn how they serve and give back so that I may bring on new charities for next year in Tennessee :)
All money raised through the TEAM IMF program will benefit The IRONMAN Foundation, and specifically - the Community Fund Program. This program benefits those in the communities where IRONMAN events are held, by providing charitable support to a variety of local non-profit organizations that recognize citizens in need and provide support to the local community. Within those communities, The IRONMAN Foundation will provide grant funding opportunities to non-profit organizations, while also working with community leaders to identify projects that will benefit the community and provide funding to support those initiatives. The IRONMAN Foundation has provided funding opportunities of over $34 million dollars to numerous non-profit beneficiaries worldwide.
This race I am dedicating to my mom & dad and my mother in law. They continue to inspire me every day.
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