I got up this morning for my first Triathlon… and I remembered that Mordialloc was the first triathlon I came to as a spectator about 4 years ago. Today I competed at Mordi ( I also have the privilege of living here)
I remembered coming down to watch the Tri, being so proud of my friend Julie as she competed; but I also remembered the feelings of shame and embarrassment of being near people that fit and healthy, I was close to my heaviest then.
There has been a lot of work, sweat and a few tears along my journey to today, and this is another moment to be savoured & enjoyed.
I completed a Mini Triathlon today (200m swim, 8km ride and 2km run)- and I enjoyed it… It was hard in the water with a big swell, a few kicks in the head and throwing up salt water… But all good things that I strive for and find satisfaction in are hard to start with.
I loved the ride (except couldn’t get my bike into the highest gears, something wasn’t clicking in) but was able to gain some ground there, and then I ran the 2km (felt that my legs weren’t working properly) but kept at it and enjoyed it.
My parents and a few friends were there to support me, and I competed with a few friends from my personal training group. (Shout out to Lou, Greg and Cam) A big special thanks to Lou for all her hot tips and being kind enough to help me feel at ease about the sport in the lead up.
Overall I am not the woman that I was 4 years ago, but then the aim for all of us is to grow as we live out our lives…
But I am glad that I can remember her, that woman from four years ago, reflect, and then say I was strong enough to change, and I am strong enough to remain fit, healthy & strong everyday.
It is a choice, a choice that I have to keep making Everyday!