Triathlon season is getting VERY real now. Earlier this week bib number for Rev3 Montclair were posted; my bib being 261. Whenever I get a bib number I always see if there if there is a 4 (my lucky and favorite number) or if the numbers add up to 4 in any sense. One of my friends that I swim with said that 6-2x1 equals 4, so there you go. Since I got my bib number I'm feeling much better about Sunday. The 750 meter open water swim, 12 mile bike, and 5k run won't be easy but it will be so much fun to tri again. With that; my 2017 triathlon season will be well underway and I'll start my journey to Ironman 70.3 Atlantic City.
This little blurb is going to make you think I'm insane and excited; but y'all know that's who I am. Above is a selfie of me and my coach Heather Leiggi; who I'm getting to be coached by thanks in part to TriEqual Equally Inspiring Team. I found out back in October that I got a spot and found out soon after that pro triathlete chick Heather would be my coach. We were trying to meet before I start my coaching tomorrow but because of our schedules and her being in Delaware and me being here in Maryland we couldn't find the time. Well; I was planning on going out to Ironman 70.3 Eagleman on the Eastern Shore in Cambridge and she was going to race, so I was all excited because I was going to finally meet my coach. Honestly, I was doing the happy dance because of that. So last Sunday; June 11, I FINALLY met Heather before she started her race. I was exstatic and I think she knew it. The BEST part of the whole thing was seeing her run down the Black Carpet lined with Red MDots and screaming my lungs out for her and course hanging the finisher medal around her neck. Well of course; now that I've met Heather and it's June 16 so TOMORROW I start my training with Pre Race Day training, whatever that means. I emailed Heather and asked her if I should do any training since Rev3 Montclair is this Sunday. Anywho; tomorrow training with my awesome triathlon caoch Heather starts tomorrow. Onward to September 17 and Atlantic City 70.3. Here We Go.
Today was good; real good. I've trained my heart out for months for the moments I had today. I really wasn't sure that the moments I had today were possible until I looked up at the time board at the Germantown Indoor Swim Center. My mouth dropped open so wide and there was this smile. The smile of a champion. The first and second in age group really don't matter much either. My new personal bests matter but in ways are just numbers. As a swimmer; I trained and saw results. But results again are just numbers. Today I found a love for swim meets; masters meets to be more specific. My friends cheered for me and I cheered for them. I just LOVED today. As I said today was good.
I was debating on writing a full race report for last Saturday's Monster Mash Marathon in Dover, Delaware; but then I realized there was ONE thing I took away from running and completing my NINETEENTH marathon.
I Am Giving Myself credit for my 19th marathon finish. Sure my new buddy and the 5 hour 30 minute pacer Ken helped and encouraged me along that way; but I was the ONE who accomplished a 19th marathon finish. By mile 6 my Gu Hydration Electrolyte Tabs made my stomach upset and I was close to calling it a day. I dumped the electrolytes out of the bottle and replaced it with just water. So then I continued. The country roads were in the middle of nowhere and the sun came out as quickly as it could. As much as I don't prefer to walk; Ken had the small group do a 3 to 4 mile run with a 30 sec to 1 minute walk. It really helped especially when it got real warm outside. By mile 18 mentally I did not want to be out there because of the sun. With encouragement from Ken I …
Its been up and then down times that process a million times this weekend. Anyone who knows me and knows me well has to know how important this sport and journey and process is. Its more than just a t-shirt and a finisher medal and a finish time. It's about reaching goals and making friends and accomplishing things I never thought were possible. Yes I put several and countless hours a week and weekend into my training. If it makes me happy to just be out there and doing it and enjoying it; then that's all I need... right? This season has reminded me well that I don't need a podium that usually comes with another award (because I don't have room for them anyways)to smile the whole race.
I stated in this earlier blog post today that I maybe needed to LET GO of Heather as my coach and MOVE ON. I've been thinking about it ALOT today and I will send her the signed contract for one whole year of coaching with the payment for October. From the start it had nothing to d…