Triathletes are a rare breed that are misunderstood by most people outside the community. If you’re one of them, you've been called crazy or told you have a few screws loose, RIGHT? Well… I’m right there with you. If you’re not a triathlete, please read on because although this is where this starts the journey goes well beyond!
As a former collegiate soccer player I always knew I had a few screws loose and after I “retired" I needed the next thing… the next challenge.. the next obstacle… the next hurdle. What I found was running, and more specifically, I found marathons. After a couple years and 5 marathons later, I found myself in triathlon Mecca, Sunny San Diego, California. As a PT student I thought that I wanted to work with runners or soccer players but when I met and got to work with a few triathletes I knew I had found “my people.”
After all, what other sport challenges you to do things that you’re uncomfortable with without giving you a place to hide. Triathlon is 3 individual and challenging sports brought together to challenge you like no other. What a great representation of life! You can’t just hide by doing the things that you’re good at but you have to show up in multiple areas and continue to work to get better, to be more well rounded, to be more whole!
Heading into graduation I KNEW that this was a group that I wanted to be a part of and a couple months later I found myself wading into the water of my first olympic distance triathlon! That was a huge day in my life and even though I was so happy to have found my people the whole race was still ahead of me both in triathlon and in life!
More to come later! Look for a post titled "Dressed in Lycra at a Black Tie Event"