This will not be easy, but what part of change is easy? The morning workouts, the afternoon runs, and the whole diet change. It was all working within 4 months. I was ready for my first epic race, an indoor Triathlon, minus almost 30 pounds, and looking pretty good. I was going to win this race. Race day rolled around and all my adult sub-units (kids) and their spouses showed up to watch me do whatever. It wasn't pretty, but I finished the race and I was hooked.
With one race under my belt, I set out to do sprints and Olympic distance Tri's. In my quest for help, I stumbled onto a bike shop in Covington called Northwest Tri and Bike. That is where I first met the always vivacious Patty, and I still remember Brad saying after looking at my bike "Is that your bike or one of your kid's?" chuckling to himself. Okay it was a little small, but it worked, sorta kinda. I was looking for help and I got it. They were so kind and listened to all my rookie questions and offered to help. They have watched me grow as a triathlete and am always open to their coaching and constructive discussions on my awful swim form to my plodding running technique.
So, from these humble beginnings, I have overcome both the physical and mental challenges that distance racing brings. Am I done? No way, but I have conquered most of my fears and have a better understanding of God's wonderful plan for my life. To be mindful of his grace and mercy upon my life. I am humbled and so thankful for the things I have, my health and to finding contentment in whatever life throws my way, is an amazing feeling. To be surrounded by such positive, uplifting individuals that are my team members at Raise the Bar is a wonderful thing to behold. We race as individuals but support each other to be the best that we can be.
It's been baby steps along the way. A slow but progressive timeline of goals throughout each year. My kids have witnessed my progress and can now say that you can change your thoughts and actions to be positive and life altering. To overcome the crap that life throws at you, to let the past be the past and as we speak I am rewriting my legacy to them and my grandkids and as for my Pulmonologist, he said I don't need to see him anymore but I do carry a rescue inhaler. As for the other ailments they are also gone and I must say I look pretty good in spandex.
I am grateful, so grateful to be able to do this thing called Triathlons with a smile on my face and an encouraging word for all that I pass along the way... thank you for the boatload of memories.
To all young and old have a plan, run the race before you, find your passion and stick with it for the lessons of discipline, self control and consistency, will carry over into all areas of your life. Remember this anyone in pursuit of improving is responding to a desire to make visible that which is not, to offer the unknown self to others. So, enjoy the journey and God's speed in all of your endeavors.
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