Posted by: pursuingsub17 | August 22, 2013

Life is like a triathlon – and I’m ready for battle!

Well, it’s been 5 years in the making and in three sleeps, my big race will be here. How did I get here? There’s been a lot of ups and downs in my life but, like an endurance race, I’ve stuck to my guns and plowed forward. Interesting – yes, life really is like an iron distance triathlon. You have a plan but at the same time, you have to know how to deal with the unexpected. You don’t expect to flat twice. You don’t expect they’ll run out of water at a critical point. But rather than give up, you just have to take what comes and deal with it. I think that’s what I’ve got out of all this in the past 5 years. I get frustrated. But life is a journey and one should expect that the road bumps and mistakes will happen and it’s all about the learning experience. Whether you finish first or dead last, it’s what you’ve learned along the way that matters – and remembering the funny experiences and the people you meet on the course are what really counts.

My tummy finally did a few waves of butterflies yesterday afternoon when I saw an email from Challenge Penticton that was entitled “Race Week”. Ga! I’m not nervous in terms that I don’t think I can do it. I know I can – mentally and physically. It’s more excitement I think. It’s the same flutter that I felt when I was 10 years old and was in a synchronized swimming competition and show. I had a solo routine and I had practiced over and over and I knew I would nail it but the excitement and anticipation put my gut in knots.

As I’ve said before, the training has been easy and other than two bouts of the flu, I have been relatively injury free. I trained by myself. I know people say that isn’t a good idea but I still pulled off two third place finishes in my division this year training alone. Some people can. I’m an introverted trainer. I know how to push myself and my life experiences has taught me endurance and perseverance. I’ve endured an abusive marriage, depression, body image problems, financial setbacks – I can certainly get through 15+ hours of physical and mental challenges. I’ve come out ahead on everything else. I can finish this race and feel accomplished.

So that’s it my friends – my musings before race day. Not nervous, just excited. And then I get married two days later! It’s been a whirlwind year so far but a good one. Lots of sacrifices had to be made to get to this point but I made it. I’ve grabbed my little demons by the horns and although they’re still hanging around, I’ve got them on a rope and I’m controlling them. They’re still a part of me – and sometimes I need to call upon them but I can control them now.

When I get to Penticton, I’ll write again before the race – followed by my race report sometime the week of August 26th.

Keep #599 in your thoughts on Sunday!



  1. Good luck!

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