On Sunday I'm doing Seafair - which was the first triathlon I ever did in 1986 and frankly I've been very sentimental lately because of it. You can see my maiden name on the results- Patty Pawlowski. I was 606th of 666 athletes. Yikes. I had a long way to go and trained for a long time to improve on that. There were many fun years where I worked hard with my friends and got better and faster. (I couldn't have gotten much slower!!) I discovered that along with the wife and mother in me, there was also an athlete - never would have guessed!
Shortly after this photo was taken I was advised to throw that bike in a dumpster.
And the saddlebag
Like many of you, I've found that over the years, racing gets more of my attention some years than others, but my love of the sport continues. Lately I haven't trained with nearly the discipline and regimen I did in the past - but I still love the training and the sport like crazy! I find myself doing more of what I enjoy the most (swimming!) and fitting bikes and runs/walks into the cracks and crevices that open up between my time running Raise the Bar, feeding my addiction to my superfun family, gardening, etc. Many of my runs now are with strollers, or pushing kids bikes along... It's AWESOME. I'm looking forward to racing in San Francisco next month and, like all of you, looking for the next fun race or adventure to spice things up.
Halfway into my triathlon years Brad Williams dared me to start a team. Like a coiled spring, triathlon was poised to grow rapidly and made its biggest debut in the 2000 Olympics which prompted the everyman to sign for events like crazy. Inaugural Ironman events were cropping up everywhere and Raise the Bar grew happily alongside. RTB's been a fantastic community and what a lucky girl I am to have been in the company of so many terrific people over the years on the team and at our training & events. These days I have a front-row seat to many people crossing many finish lines and I love it.
Incidentally, You might notice here how Brad did at the same Seafair race in 1986 - 27th overall at 28 years old and easily the most consistent triathlete I've ever known. Good going, Brad!
I was remiss in the first publishing of this blog to make a mention of Kathy Morrisson - thoughtless really. (Did I mention how self-absorbed I am? Is that typical of triathletes?) Kathy came to RTB and the sport of triathlon a few years after I did, but has become a 100% integral person in the running and managing of many aspects of Raise the Bar. I'm grateful for her and for the great gifts she brings to our organization. I'm mainly thankful for her friendship.
Sentimentally Submitted by Patty Swedberg. Thanks for indulging.