Friday, February 2, 2007

Tagged

I was tagged by the soon-to-be UlTrA CrAzY Bubba

1) Describe a memory from your first triathlon ever.

“Holy Smokes! Who replaced my legs with jelly?!?!”

We’ll pretend that the mini-tri brick at the newbie clinic last July counts so that I don’t spend the whole post talking about a single event. The little mini-tri sounded pretty easy. The point was for us to practice transitions and get a feel for how the real event would play out a few weeks later. But alas! The whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Hence the benefit of training bricks. Who knew?!?!?

2) Describe a memory from your most recent triathlon.

"Oh.My.Gosh. I'm actually doing it!!"

My first and only real event was the Socorro Chile Harvest Sprint Triathlon last August. I was elated when I came out of the swim. At that moment I had conquered what could have easily been the deal-breaker. I had only learned how to swim a few months earlier.

3) What's the most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you in a tri?

I was in such a happy place coming out of the swim that I failed to use common sense while running barefoot on wet pavement around a corner into T1. Down I went. Hard. Breaking the fall with the left side of my body. And my face. I split my chin open, scraped up my hip, arm, chest, and got a few nice bruises. Not sure what hurt worse, my pride or the injuries. I would have liked to go hide under a rock at that point, but that would have prevented me from finishing the race, so I got up and just kept going. I was glad to find out that I didn't need stitches when I finally got medical attention after the race.

4) What's the most thrilling thing that's happened to you in a tri?

I crossed the finish line!! I can hardly believe I did it. I want to do it again. and again. and again.

The very talented
Jenny made me an awesome pillow from my race t-shirt (and for a good cause - read about it on her site).

5) What is something you discovered about yourself by doing triathlons?

I learned that I am incredibly blessed. I have good health, a wonderful husband, awesome teenaged kids, a beautiful location, etc. God has shown me a way to enjoy life in this body and get across the finish line with a smile on my face no matter how long it takes.

6) What is The Big Goal that you're working towards?

I’m hoping to complete an Olympic-distance Triathlon this year; maybe half-Iron in '08. But above all, I want to carry out my life in a way that gives glory to God.




6 comments:

  1. You are one tough cookie! Onward and upward to the glory of God!!

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  2. Just think...your next race will be way less painful than the first one without any "accidents"!

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  3. Very cool!!! You are progressing so fast.

    Splitting your chin open after the swim and finishing the race - very tough.

    I'm with Wes - Onward and upward to the glory of God!!

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  4. That "hitting the pavement" sounded bad. I'm glad you pushed thru it.

    This sport is about blood, sweat, and tears sometimes.

    ps. Your pillow from IMJenny is pretty cool also.

    You will do great at the olympic. No maybe's, okay?

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  5. This is so much to the point. Most people deplore what they don't have instead of recognizing what they have.

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