So now back to turning 50... I was already bike riding and wanted to try something new. I had just met Debbie Cederwall at the gym a few months prior and we decided to sign up and do Danskin. I took my good friend Ann Hall with me to listen to Sally Edwards speak. Ann said no way she wasn't interested and a few minutes later got out her checkbook and signed up!!!
Now, it was time to start swimming! I went to the KM pool and there we met the famous Patty Swedberg who was in charge of RTB. Debbie and I quickly joined and took a couple of lessons and swam a few times a week for an hour.
Now for the running part... no need to worry because I knew I wasn't much of a runner although I did run Varsity boys cross country (no Girls team) and even qualified for state.
Why I Tri... At this time I was on Methotrexate for a rare autoimmune disease and with all the exercise that was involved in Triathlons, I was able to be a stronger, fitter woman and get off some the medications that I had been on for 7 years. My doctor told me if you can do a triathlon, we can skip the pulmonary function testing which went from 78% to 98%!
My third year 2009, I signed up for my first 1/2 Ironman Lake Stevens. It was also my biggest disappointment. I was cut off accidently by a volunteer and had to turn my chip in early. They realized a few minutes later that it was a mistake but, my chip was at the bottom of the bucket and I didn't find out for an hour. Therefore, my biggest accomplishment was to go back this last year 2014 and finish although a slightly different race with different and difficult bike course. Needless to say I finished with a whole 5 minutes to spare. I crossed the finish line and cried. There was so much RTB support there!!!
Every new distance brought the challenges of sleep the night before, but I don't think anyone ever says "Wow I slept great", the night before a race.
Why I Tri? To wrap up, I can't imagine not doing it! I have probably done over 70 races. I love the high you get from the event. I love being part of this great community. The support is second to none! The friendships are amazing. Looking forward to a great 2015! This will be my 9th year with RTB. A full Ironman is still on the list, just not sure when that will be.