The triathlon in which I completed yesterday marked the beginning of the end of my summer. The summer ends for me from the time I close my eyes tonight. I will begin work, tomorrow, again. I am a teacher.
One of my thoughts this summer was to make sure I make a life for myself while working. Granted I have been overwhelmed for the most part of 7 years as I have taught, but my last year teaching marked the first year I did not work every weekend and take work home consistently. A new ear has begun. Moreover, this triathlon training and completing it successfully has ushered in more change, as well, for the improved me.
The time has begun where I have started making and achieving my goals (this actually came more as I stopped beating myself up for what I hadn’t accomplished and begun to look at all I had accomplished – the now is forever mentality – you choose your thoughts – they become the reality you choose), and the completion of this triathlon has set me up mentally and physically, giving me more of a desire to work out more consistently (went running for a fast 2 miles this morning) which is always a bonus for my mind, my heart and my physical nature, of course!
Task accomplishment and goal orientation are more desirable and achievable, as I work out more. Mentally, I am geared to accomplish more because I naturally have more energy.
My triathlon was really successful. My swimming, interestingly, my most feared event, and the event in which I was least adept, was really strong and solid. I was grateful and so pleased. I practiced for that 3/8 of a mile – which looked much longer than the laps I swum in the pool – what I’d practiced while training. I employed my rhythm consistently, got my swivel on and kept my legs strong. It was good. I ran out, after hitting the sand, and pressed on.
The bike race found me in 2nd to last place – my bike is not a racer – I’ve got a Schwinn 6 speed which is NOT speedy. So many people were passing me. I was not the last out of the ocean, but my bike and I guess my training were not equipping me to increase my speed, also, ½ of the 13 miles was against the wind. But, I pedaled on intently.
The run, 3.2 miles, was pretty good. It was hot! I had trained previously during that exact time I figured I’d be set to run, and there were water stations, so I was okay. I increased my stride, too, at different points which also may have alleviated some of my pain.
I was pleased that throughout each of the events, I did not stop or walk because I was too tired. That was good. Training worked!! 😊
One of my best memories will be of the volunteers. They are so good to give of their time. I find volunteers so impressive. People had to show by 5 a.m. to help-out. And, they did! Selfless people are cool. I am pleased to have had their cheers – those are the best. I didn’t have friends or family there to support me, but, will say that at the beginning of the swim, when I got a slight bit of a concern for the distance in the rough ocean, I let myself think of my parents and how I wanted to make them proud! I didn’t give fear a second thought from there, and, the thought of them cheering me on from heaven transformed my thoughts into power. So, when I swam, I only focused on form and what I knew to do, and was powerful in it.
A woman I was behind in the bathroom line before the race said that, “a finish is a win.” That’s where I was with this whole race. Finishing was winning for me. I did what I could in the month that I trained, and what I did was from this July 3 – Aug 2, I: Swam: 5.7 hrs.; Biked: 244 miles; and Ran 35 miles.
I was slow with my finish times, below, but that’s okay, my race was a win for me!! Accomplished.
Your official times:
|SWIM TO BIKE TRANSITION:||8:17|
|BIKE TO RUN TRANSITION:||5:35|