- “You must first find your limits, before you can exceed them..”
On a cold, windy Sunday afternoon in Raleigh NC, I got to be a part of something very special…and the emotions, excitement, fear and anticipation has been bouncing around in my head so much, I just had to write it down.
For years now, I have had the privilege of hanging out with some pretty amazing athletes who belong on our Triathlon Team "Tri with Sway". Our team has done a lot of different distances but for the most part, we focus on the longer distance stuff : Half Ironman and Ironman and a few Olympic distances thrown in. I am honored and humbled that I can achieve some of these distances and that I have a coach who has taken my hand and helped me through to achieve these goals.
But on Sunday, I met about 50 women who have NEVER done a triathlon before. They all have decided to join an amazing organization called "Tri it for Life". This group focuses on women only and empowers them to move: move forward, move often and eventually..move towards completing their first sprint distance tri.
I met ever type of woman you can imagine: young, old, thin, not so thin. There were runners who were terrified of the water and wanted to master the swim and there were cyclists who had never run a mile. There were women who were looking to just move off the couch and make a difference in their lives and in their health….and they all inspired me…
And they made me remember…
14 years ago this month…that was me…terrified…but with this goal of just getting to the end of a Danskin triathlon. I worked really hard for those 12 weeks…and I made it…and I remember the feeling of stepping across that finish line. I was elated…I was proud…but most importantly…
I was hooked!!
Enjoying the company of these woman at their kick off event made me revisit what it was like back then…and then made me realize just how far of a journey I have made. They were amazed when I told them I had done 7 half ironmans …and I guess I had forgotten…that is pretty amazing.
So as we set out to begin another triathlon season with new goals…new dreams…and new visions of those future finish lines, let's not forget what it was like…back then…when it all seemed so impossible because we all wouldn't be where we are in WHATEVER we wish to achieve if we had not first decided to find our limits.
If you believe…you CAN achieve it….looking forward to the 2014 Triathlon season :)
Ill keep you posted!!