Saturday, August 2, 2014


I blog for a couple of reasons. The first is to get things off my mind. If I have a bad workout or a good workout, I purge here.

That leads me to a second reason, which is less a reason and more of a community service.

Triathlon is hard, from scheduling 2 or even 3 workouts in a day, to managing food to getting enough rest to managing family time and the list goes on.

Invariably, with all that going on, something will get dropped.

But we keep doing it. For those of you that are new to the sport or those of you who have NO desire to do a tri but do enjoy a good train wreck or those of you who have been doing it awhile, reading about my ups and downs: 1.) Makes you thankful you don't do it. 2.) Makes you think you could do it. 3.) Gives you the feeling of support, knowing that someone else is going through the exact same stuff you are.

That's why I blog.

There's another "Why".

I was recently asked, "I have no idea why you do what you do. Have you ever considered doing aquabike? Your swim and bike are SO strong."

This isn't the first time someone has mentioned that I might want to consider doing aquabikes. I'm flattered that they think I'm good on the swim and bike.

But, what I hear is, "Your run isn't very good."

That's ok. It really doesn't bother me.

And I respond with, "Yeah, well, that's a good idea."

And I go back to doing triathlon.

Why do I do triathlon if my run is seen as my weakness/limiter/3rd best sport?

Because I don't see my run as my limiter. I used to, but I know now that my limiter is my mind. It has nothing to do with my run. This year, particularly the last couple of weeks, I'm learning how to manage that.

For me, the question is why would I give it up?

Why give up on the chance to break an hour on the 10k off the bike? Or to go sub 30 off the bike? Or to run a 2:10 half marathon after swimming 1.2 miles & riding 56 miles.

I don't want to give up on those goals just yet.

This year, I feel like I'm closer than I've ever been to hitting them. To give up now? I can't even imagine..... working so hard for something for so long and then giving up.

I look back over my finish times, and I've come really far: from being last in my AG and almost last for the entire race to coming in 1st last weekend.

Having bite sized goals are good and are necessary.

But nothing beats having a BIG FAT goal that you have to really work for.....and accomplishing it.

It's something that no one can ever take away from you.

That's why I do triathlon.