Top 5 baby! I was 5th today. Very happy with that. I was 12th at this race last year. Nice improvement Big Congrats to my SBX Training teammate, Katie Merrick for her 4th place!
This race was So competitive! I’ve never seen a sprint with this many top of the line bikes, holy moly and a former Olympian racing.
I’m happy with my swim! I’ve decided ocean swims are now my favorite to race. Big waves, was like swimming in a washing machine going in and coming out. I loved it. I buddied with a girl mid-swim that swam the same pace as me and we worked out a system to swim through the waves and warn each other when to duck. Awesome team work.
Bike was tough. Head wind coming back after the half way turn and I dropped my chain heading up a hill. Think I was cross chained, had to get off and fix it and start back on an incline, something I’m not used to but I muscled through.. and clipped in rather gracefully.
Run was nice. Legs started responding right away and I had a nice groove. Each race I am slowly getting faster and more confident with my running. I am pushing myself harder and harder and really starting to actually feel like ‘runner’. Granted I have a very long way to go but every race this year I have shown consistent improvement and I am very happy with that!
RA was acting up bad today and past 3 days (Stress from the events earlier in the week have set me into a 3 day flare). I was/am in so much pain but I’m tired of this RA shit and I’m not letting it dictate how my life is going to be. So I fought as hard as I possibly could today. I literally repeated ‘I do not feel pain’ for the entire bike/run (swim was preoccupied with not drowning, ha).. So I said it with every ounce of conviction I had, ‘I do not feel pain, I do not feel pain’ and I muscled through. Take that RA! TOP 5 today!
It will take me longer to build my strength and climb the ranks because my muscles work differently than a healthy athlete, but I will. This RA shit is not going to stop me! It’s teaching me patience baby.. Patience.
Everyday we face challenges.
I woke up today in a very painful RA flare. I didn’t want to race today, I felt tired, grumpy, defeated and mentally exhausted.. But I raced, and I used that pain to fuel my drive. I focused on living the message that I am trying to convey to others: No matter what life throws at you, no matter how defeated you feel, you get up and you fight for your dreams…. I did my best today and I am Proud. RA tried to get me, but I won.
When you wake up and are faced with a situation that challenges you, makes you uncomfortable, think about saying yes, instead of no, because you are a winner. Have you always wanted to take that zumba class but you have been scared because you do not know anyone there? Throw fear aside and you GO! You will have an amazing time. Have you wanted to go open water swimming but are afraid of the ocean? GO! You will feel alive. YOU are a winner, embrace your fear, pain, anxieties, insecurities and live the life that you want for yourself.
Accept your challenges, and you WIN! Believe in yourself, and you WIN!
Every Champion was once a contender that refused to give up. -Rocky Balboa