The starting point of all achievement is desire. - Napoleon Hill
Two weekends ago, I completed my first sprint triathlon, which I didn’t think I could ever achieve. I didn't know how to swim, nor ride a road bike, but I knew I want to complete one.
I had about 8wks to train & learn to swim. I wanted to quit after the 3rd week. It took me 4 wks to feel somewhat at ease in the water. I learned to breathe in week 6. Going from panicking in the pool to swimming freestyle in open water was no yoke. I did it while nursing a grade 2 separation on my left shoulder and a load of emotional baggage. The shoulder hurt to swim especially with the wetsuit. I wanted to cry every time I pull off my shirt after practice & when the pain woke me up at night. It still hurts to run uphill. I didn’t bike & run to save my arm for swimming. It was difficult emotionally because I no longer had a partner to share my struggle. Poor @dumputer
had to be the stand in whenever I needed to complain. It became a mental battle of how badly I wanted to swim ½ a mile.
I did have an amazing swim coach, Erin @tryfit
. She got me through the pain with her encouragement and commitment at every swim session. She taught me how to use the gears on my bike a few days before the race, too. I tried riding on my own twice and I f-up the derailleur so badly that it needed repair both times. Erin also prepared me for other important aspects of triathlon as well so I showed up on race day feeling less apprehensive than I would have been.
Like a fairy tale story, race day was perfect. Great weather, great friends, @carrieganster
and @myjetsetter @msjyu
kicked butts! I survived the swim. I rode the 3mi uphill solely on my determination not to disappoint Erin. I repeated her words over and over, “YOU are not going to walk,” and to her pedaling cadence of “one, two, one, two.” At the end of the race, she asked if I walked and I was happy to reply, “I did not get off my bike!” In true badass fashion, Erin came in first in the women division at the race! What an inspiration!
definite helped me feel comfortable and look super fly, too.