That first triathlon on August 17, 2008 was defining moment for me - it was a moment that made me believe I really COULD do something that may seem impossible if I broke the goal down into little steps, worked hard, stuck with it, and believed in myself. I look back now and I can see I was incredibly cautious and it's almost funny to see that I carefully took over eight months to train for one sprint tri, but for me, it was the right way to do it. I didn't just want to just "finish" the race, I wanted to be the best that I could be. In order to do that, I had to learn to swim, overcome my huge fear of open water, and suffer through my ongoing run injuries. Even more importantly, I had to overcome the mental block that I was NOT an athlete. Doing that first Apple Sprint Triathlon changed the way I think about myself forever and set the stage for many challenges for the future. I may have done much longer, harder races since then, but that first sprint tri will always be my most important 'athletic' accomplishment.
|August 17, 2008|
Tomorrow, I was participate in my 5th Apple Sprint Triathlon. And I will cross the finish line with a huge smile on my face, because I can! :D