On a whim, I decided to sign up for a triathlon a few months ago. I do a ton of cycling, I'm a pretty good swimmer, and I hate to run, but 2 outta 3 ain't bad, right? Swim .5mi, ride 12mi, run 3mi.
The race was women-only and billed as UBER-noncompetitive, open to women of all ages, shapes, fitness levels, and experience. I couldn't have picked a better race to start with!
I'm don't consider myself an athlete, so my goals were to (in order):
I'm proud to report that I finished 5 of the 6 goals-- I walked most of the last leg. BUT I totally finished!
My setup in the transition area. I have the most stylin' bike around!
I finished in a total of 2:08:00, rank 245 out of 291 participants, though my swim time was #184 and my bike leg was #194. Much better than I expected! I kept a bike pace of 13.8mph (if my math is right) which is MUCH better than my average so far this season.
So I wasn't fast by any stretch of the imagination, but I FINISHED, and I had a BLAST, which is WAAAAAY more than I could do before surgery! I had so much fun, in fact, that I've signed up for another triathlon in September.
Once the race-day pictures go up on Facebook, I'm totally going to print one out and put it on my fridge as proof that I can do hard things :)
Congratulations!! That sounds amazing!
i am still pre-op, way early stage of this journey, but a couple of weeks ago, I was looking at exactly this type of race online. Women's fun-tri. It's a major goal of mine.
How inspiring that you've accomplished it, and had such a great time doing it!!!
Very inspiring! Great job!
Ht: 6' HWEver: 338 StartW: 282.8 SurgeryW: 268.9 GW: 170 CW: 154.4
Pre-Op:-17 M1:-17.8 M2:-12.2 M3:-9 M4:-12 M5:-11 M6:-8.4 M7:-10.2 M8:-11.4 M9:-6.8 M10:-7 Goal reached 11/9/17! (37 weeks, 1 day) First plastics (LBL, medial thigh lift, fat transfer to rear) 5/08/18
That is fantastic! Can you imagine if present you had appeared to five-years-ago you?
"Julie! It's me, Julie! Hey, imma let you finish that bag of chips, but check it out! Five years from today, you're going to complete a triathlon! Oh, honey, you got crumbs ... yeah, you got 'em. Anyway, I just wanted to swing by and let you know not to panic or ... aaaahhh, you're not really listening, are you?"
I'm so proud of you!
JULIE - 5 or 6 years ago, could you have even imagined such a thing???? I am in total awe, of you!!! I would get down, and bow, but I probably couldn't get back up!!!
You ABSOLUTELY can do hard things..and whatever word there is that is HARDER than HARD...of yea--CHILDBIRTH..and you aced that one, too !!!
RNY 4-22-02... HAG=Honest And Genuine
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This is an accomplishment that you will remember for the rest of your life. Even if you come in last in a race, there are at least seven billion people in the world who could not even attempt it.
You are a rockstar.
Real life begins where your comfort zone ends