Have you ever wanted to do something really, really badly, even though it’s an intimidating challenge and makes you the kind of nervous where you think you may lose your lunch even though you didn’t eat anything?
I’ve had this exact feeling about triathlons ever since I moved to Austin a year ago. There were a few ‘obstacles’ I needed to overcome [...buy a bicycle... learn how to swim...shake off that back injury...] and I didn’t want to do this by myself, so I started out by taking baby steps. I volunteered at the CapTex tri, took a swim class with Stacie, ran [my last] half marathon with Meagan, and shortly after that bought my hybrid bike and started to train.
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I’m so glad that I did this triathlon. I enjoyed every step of the race and I loved how friendly the participants were to each other, shouting out words of encouragement while passing each other by. I can’t thank the homeless man who sat on 6th & Congress enough for his incessant cheering. He must have clapped his hands together for two straight hours. There was even a paraplegic participant who was unbelievably inspiring to see at the very end of the run course, right when I needed motivation the most.
The slideshow below features my awesome friends and I at the triathlon. Great job to Amber, a fierce competitor and super helpful ‘team mom’; to Stacie, now an avid swimmer who plans on placing in a future tri; to David and Kane, who set and achieved lofty goals and temporarily said no to beers; to Dan, who trained 110% every time; to Amanda, who enthusiastically set the bar high for all of us. Big thanks to our supporters who sat in the heat on race day: Meagan (who also played photographer), Erica, Darlene, Zachary, Jonathan, Danielle, Zeke, Milad, Brandy, Jenna, Milly, and Bogey. See you all at the next one in Kerrville!