My proud moment with Ruby.
With an emotional finish, on Sunday, September 30, I accomplished my goal and became a triathlete at Girl Power Triathlon in New Orleans, La. With family and friends cheering me on, it was an amazing experience I will never forget.
While this was a relatively small tri, it was a big deal to me. After training for a mere two and a half months, I accomplished more than I thought I could.
- 300 meter swim = 8:06 – I could have done better, but the pool got crowded at the walls and I could not get around the other ladies.
- Transition #1 = 3:54 – I’m not sure why this took me so long.
- 9 mile bike = 36:07 – The route was shortened a little due to standing water. I was disappointed in my ride. The roads were bad. My computer was not working. Those are my excuses. I love cycling and I’ll make it up next time.
- Transition #2 = 1:30 – Better than T1
- 2 mile run = 17:42 – Personal Record! In training, I have been averaging about 11 minute miles. I’ll take it!
- Total time = 1:07:16 – I estimated I would finish in 1:15.
- I ranked #28 in my age group; #152 out of 422 overall (top 27%). My only goal was to finish in the top 50%.
No one can take that smile away from me. I earned it!
Overall, I am pleased with these results, and I know where I need to improve next time. More importantly, this experience gave me the confidence I needed to get into the sport of triathlon. The season is nearly over and I look forward to training for my second tri in the spring.
What’s next? Short term, if my ankle cooperates, I am considering a half marathon. Long term, a Half Ironman (70.3)! Did I really just type that? Gulp!
I’ll tell you, there’s something about achieving a goal, big or small, that makes me believe I can do anything. And, if I want it badly enough, I absolutely, positively CAN do it – and YOU can, too! I encourage you to search your heart, set a goal, and don’t give up until you reach it.
With a heart full of gratitude, I would be remiss if I did not thank a few specific people for helping me along the way.
Their never-ending support and finish line appearance made it all worth it.
My friends (in no particular order):
Jim B. – for coaching me and not letting me give up
Lisa – for inspiring me and giving me the confidence to be amazing and be ME
Jon – for training with me and pushing me beyond my own limits, and for not letting me believe what my “lizard brain” was saying
Christy – for your friendship and for always believing in me
The Tri Blondes are ready to race.
Jim A. – for being my motivation every step of the way
Duane, Gina, Jeff, Neil & Tony – for being the highlight of my week and teaching me to love the sport of cycling
Beth, Cherie, Nancy, Peggy & Steve – for adopting me as a new “Tri Blonde,” after all, it’s about the attitude and not the hair color; and, for an unforgettable weekend, I look forward to many more
Well friends, that’s the race report. I hope you’ll stay tuned to seeallytri.com because I intend to keep trying new things, setting new goals, and getting more out of life. After all, if it is to be, it’s up to me! 🙂