|My first half Ironman was also my first half Marathon|
A year ago, I was excited for new gear but at the same time scared to ride a Tri bike.
Now I can balance just fine and ride in aero with ease.
A year ago, I didn’t know if I would make the swim and bike cutoffs.
I made the swim cutoff with 16 minutes to spare and the bike cutoff with over 1 hour to spare.
A year ago, I had never run past 10K, and worried past injuries could come to bear.
I ran my first half marathon (2:14:29) in the rain on the same day I completed my first Half Ironman.
A year ago, I didn’t think I physically could do a full Ironman.
I finished my first half Ironman in 6:53:55 feeling good, and a belief that Anything is Possible.
|Now riding with ease in aero|
And along the way, I had an Olympic race PR, and ran my fastest 5K, and for the first time placed 2ndin my age group in a sizeable field in 5Ks – twice!
I often ask myself, why do I Tri? Along with the wonderful camaraderie, it’s pretty simple – I see these amazing transformations happening in myself. In wishing me congratulations, my friend Wayne posted this quote from professional triathlete Sarah True which I absolutely love:
The paradox of sport is that it’s both trivial and deeply significant.
It can be play, entertainment, and a luxury. But it’s also a celebration of what it means to be alive and to be human.