I have been training for the Vineman Full Distance Triathlon now for 9 months- I can't believe how the time has flown by. This has been the most amazing journey of my life, and while I am excited about the race coming up in less than 2 weeks, I almost don't even care about how well it goes. I have already learned and accomplished so much, met and worked alongside so many amazing people- that the race is just the cherry on top of the biggest and best ice cream sundae ever (please excuse my food-analogies, I am training after all).
|Brining it in for a "Go Team!" at Vineman Training Weekend|
|Karen (Bad-ass, and Fundraiser Extraordinaire), and me at Wildflower|
We have trained so hard for so long, this has really become a lifestyle- and I wouldn't have it any other way. We are not just triathletes, we are ironman triathletes, and still more, we are athletes working hard to support a cause greater than ourselves, and pooling all of our individual unique talents to get the job done, and support each other along the way. This is so much more than an athletic club, so much more than a hobby, this has become a family. I am thankful every day for all of the people that I have met and all of the amazing experiences that we've shared.
|Ice bath with Zoey the Zebra|
And so, while I am giddy with the anticipation of my race coming up, and the culmination of all of the time, energy, money, blood, sweat, and tears that has gone into preparing for it, I know that whatever happens on raceday, it's not about the race. It's about this incredible journey to get there. It's about the people we are raising money to help, the people who's struggles and memory we want to honor, the people we have met who have indelibly touched our lives... and its about the people we have become in the process.
A special thank you to our coaches- Brad, Jason, Arkady, Rob, and Andie: It may be true that without us, you might be "five idiots in a room telling people what to do", but without you, we would be 70+ people without a mission or a plan, an orchestra with no conductor, a herd of mini-goats with no shepherd. Thank you for all you do.