|The amazing support group!|
The next year I participated in the Iron Girl Sprint at Lake Lanier - this was an all girl race so Joe was with Alex and Sammie cheering me on
|Before the IronGirl Sprint - It was brrrr cold that morning!|
|After the race - yeah!!!|
Last summer due to a big project in Texas and various camp schedules for the girls I did not schedule a race. I was still training but did not have an event on the calendar. 2013 - In January I participated in the Run For Chocolate 5k with my friend and Tuesday/Thursday running buddy Heather and then I geared up my training for an Olympic distance/ intermediate distance triathlon. This race is a 1500 meter lake swim (right at a mile), 24.5 miles on the bike and a 6.2 mile run. Since the completion of my first triathlon I've had this race and distance in my sights. I joined a master's swim class with group coaching at the West Gwinnett Aquatic Center to improve my stroke and increase the likelihood of my survival during the long swim :) I also biked with my friends Cheryl and Lee on a regular basis at the Big Creek Greenway and on the weekends with Joe and continued my runs with Heather. It was a little challenging to maintain training due to a long trip to Texas at the end of May and first of June for a friend's medical school graduation, Flipside Festival, My mom's two retirement parties, Mom's birthday and my parent's anniversary celebration! Thank goodness I had inked the race in the calendar and paid the fee so I was committed! So in celebration of my 43rd birthday on June 22nd we got up really early to travel to Newnan, GA. The super moon was just setting on the horizon and the drive was magical. I have to say the whole experience was great. Joe and the girls braved the early morning hour and the sun to cheer me on! It was a lovely setting and since it was a new course/race there was a nice size group of participants but not overwhelming crowds. Even as I type this blog, I'm chuckling to myself, for you see, I can't tell you my times. I never looked them up! I was so happy to complete this distance and this race with the added bonus of winning 1st in my category/division I forgot to look them up. I may have to go do that! But for now I'm just pleased with the completion of an activity that I worked hard for and enjoyed immensely in the process.
What big goal have you completed lately that makes you feel great?
Cheering you on,
|Coming out of the lake after the long swim!|
|Alex took this picture of me coming in on the bike after the 24.5 hilly bike ride.|
|Running towards the finish line and the completion of a goal!|