I've posted alot here no doubt and now that my 2017 Triathlon Season is in the books; it's time to reflect. Grateful for the opportunity to be on the Equally Inspiring Team this year. Grateful to have been paired with a wonderful and supportive coach. From the start Heather told me NOT to worry about my time goals; especially for Ironman 70.3 Atlantic City in which she gets the Genius Award for that. Like any type of long distance training; this was tough on my mind and body. This was my 7th or 8th 70.3 but I'd have to count finisher medals to know the exact number. There were weekends I wasn't sure if I could mentally do a 4 1/2 hour ride followed by an 1 hour run; but I did. My Friday swim workouts seemed Insane but the mid distance and long distance sets helped me so much. I'm thankful for Heather because she helped me find the confidence that I thought I never had. At first it was "Give Heather ALL The Credit" which turned into me giving MYSELF credit for what I was pushing through. What most of you don't know is that I have Diagnosed Depression and Anxiety which leads to negative thoughts and self doubt. I almost pulled the plug many times but even with Heather not knowing alot about me at first she signaled that I shouldn't and I'm sure she's happy I kept at it. I had mornings and evenings I didn't want to train. But I pushed through. I fought the the evil demons and got it done. Between Rev3 Montclair Tri and IronGirl Columbia Tri and of course Ironman 70.3 Atlantic City; I had one hell of a season. The huge change with having Heather is I learned to smile at races and be proud of myself. It's something she didn't tell me but it was something I could pinpoint and pick out that needed to change. Though my performances and results didn't matter I enjoyed each race. I changed mindsets this season and came out successful. I know it doesn't matter what Heather or anyone else thinks but I hope everyone who shared my journey with me is proud of the strides I made. I would do this again and again and hope that each season is as successful as this one. I also hope that just one athlete or coach here is inspired by my story; though that doesn't matter either. If I wrote anymore I may cry and I don't want anyone seeing tears. Grateful and Thankful for this amazing opportunity. Even more grateful and thankful for a new unbreakable bond with a cool coach like Heather.
Monday, September 18, 2017
Posted this today on the Tri Equal Equally Inspiring Team group today and thought I'd share this reflection...
Posted by Marci at 2:52 PM
Monday, September 4, 2017
I now have less than TWO Weeks; T Minus THIRTEEN Days as the calendar says until Ironman 70.3 Atlantic City in New Jersey put on by race director Stephen DelMonte and Delmo Sports, Inc and I nearly speechless. These past almost three months have given me so much confidence and new found inspiration that I CAN DO THIS. So many times when I started this journey with getting coached thanks to the Equally Inspiring Team; there were alot of I CAN'T DO THIS. I'm finally believing that I've changed for so much good as this journey to such a dream and epic 70.3 for me gets so much closer. The confidence makes me speechless. I even posted on social media outlets (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram) that I'm proud of where I've gotten in a short time. I'm amazed that I had the courage and strength to get out what I did for everyone to see. I just want this confidence to hang around. I want to be positive that this is my race; my reward, the icing on the cake for all countless swim bike and run miles I've put in. Since positive and triathlon is a such a new combination; I need ways to make sure they stay in tact in with one another.
Friday, September 1, 2017
I know today is September 1 of 2017. I know Ironman 70.3 Atlantic City is a shade over two weeks away. I know I just ordered my TriTats so I don't have to worry about race numbers being done by a Sharpie. I know I get to see all my friends from the Jersey Girls Stay Strong Multi Sport Club; most of them who I haven't seen since last September when I volunteered. I know I've chosen to continue to be coached by Heather Leiggi once this journey is complete. I know though I CAN NOT countdown. I will cry tears if I do. This whole entire journey which started before I got selected by Team Equally Inspiring by Tri Equal has been so unforgettable. I just honestly want to cry thinking about the experience I've had. It hasn't been easy. There have been days that workouts didn't get done but most days I completed them. I really don't want this journey to end. Right now I just need a hug.