I Get By With A Little Help From My Friends

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The friend in my adversity I shall always cherish most. I can better trust those who helped to relieve the gloom of my dark hours than those who are so ready to enjoy with me the sunshine of my prosperity. – Ulysses S. Grant

I can not begin to thank each of you enough, for all of your support and encouragement, especially over the 3 weeks.

Your comments, emails, texts, and phone calls have meant more than you’ll ever know. I assure you, without them I probably would’ve just succumb to my pride/ego and have not even attempted to finish this thing Sunday.

I tend to be an all or nothing kinnda girl. So to have NO chance at all of meeting my goal…

Well, I was having a hard time finding the purpose of even lacing up my running shoes. I was totally prepared to hand off my chip after the bike and just settle for a DNF.

Tuesday I had an epiphany or maybe I got tired of my solitary pity party….

Quitters never win….Winners never quit.

It’s easy to go out there when everything is hunky dory, but that ain’t life. Sometimes it gets ugly and you have fight for what you want.

And while it may not be the prettiest of days, these are the ones that we remember. These are the ones that we cherish and hold on to because of everything we had to go through to finish.

Later down the road, when everything IS peachy keen again, these moments come back to give us perspective and clarity……they get through the tough moments during future events, because we know that we DO have the capability to dig deep and do just about anything.

Come Sunday I will have each one of you there with me, in spirit, helping me through every single mile.

With no expectations other than having fun and enjoying the day….

…..and crossing the finish line!

To everyone else racing this weekend….and I know there are a lot of you,

GOOD LUCK out there!! Have fun and do great things!!

Race Happy, My Friends!

Inspired by the Greatness of Others

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As I sat on the trainer today amidst a torrential downpour this picture came over my cell….

My good friend of 20+ years had qualified for the HyVee 5150 championships back in May.

While I was doing my stationary tour, he was busy kicking ass in Des Moines, Iowa. He ended up placing 3rd in his division!!!

Trent is married to my childhood best friend so we’ve been close long before we discovered our mutual passion for triathlon.

That was a mere coincidence which developed much later in life.

Being such a good friend makes watching his success such a treat.

We’re racing together our last race of the season…. 10/1 in Pensacola, Florida. 

When this picture came over my cell I was getting a little bored of riding stationary and thought, “ehh, what’s cutting it a few miles gonna hurt?” 

Right then and there I knew there would be no getting off the trainer early,no skimping on my workout, no packing it in due to a little Tropical Storm…..

I’d press on just like my dear friend has done to get where he is now.

Congratulations Trent!

Your achievements are a inspiration to all those around you!!

Train Happy, My Friends!