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Monday, September 26, 2011

Guess What? I'm a Triathlete!

Yesterday, I ran my first triathlon - The Ramblin' Rose - Charlotte Triathlon. Swim 250 meters. Bike 9 miles. Run 2 miles.  When my buddy Penny suggested that I sign up, three other girlfriends were geeked to do it as well. So I gave in to peer pressure and I'm so glad I did.

The group we joined is called Tri It For Life, a non-profit organization that helps train women for their first Triathlon.  Training started in June. I didn't know how to swim - so TIFL mentors taught me. Don't ask how long it had been since I rode a bike - but the mentors of TIFL worked with me and helped me get up to speed (excuse the pun). For the running portion I worked out with some great women who run every Tuesday and Thursday morning at a local mall.  In the end - 12 weeks later - I was ready to DO THIS THING!

Pictures say more than words so here we go!

TRI IT FOR LIFE CELEBRATION DINNER 9/23/11

From left to right: Marlene, Dawn, Mentor Penny and Me

Sassy me! (30lbs lighter)

Me and Mentor/Cheerleader Extraordinaire Penny

TIFL Super Mentor Laurie. She taught me how to swim!

My Race Number

6:30 AM Transition Set up! RACE DAY!

 Me and Sister  Athlete Deborah

Fabulous Mentor Sisters - Erica and Penny 

 Marlene and Me Pre-Race


Waiting on the Platform for my turn to swim.

 And hereeeee we go!


 Starting the Run portion

 
I DID IT!!! 1 Hour 38 Minutes 12 Seconds



 Many thanks to all my sister athletes and mentors who made this dream a reality. 

Come on Ramblin' Rose 2012!


8 comments:

Pamela {Spaz} said...

SO PROUD OF YOU!!!

Natasha (WLP) said...

Ditto, sooo proud of you!

Ferishia said...

You are made of AWESOME!! :D

Dren said...

Thanks ladies!! I'm still geeking! and sore LOL

Alexis @ Reflections of a Bookaholic said...

Congrats!! That is so awesome.

A Buckeye Girl Reads said...

Just wanted to say CONGRATULATIONS~that is an awesome thing you did.

Jen D. @ Not Now...I'm Reading! said...

What an amazing accomplishment! You're an inspiration. Thank you for sharing!

Twimom227 said...

WOW! I had no idea you were doing this! What an accomplishment! I have long dreamed of doing a triathlon, but I'm so scared to even try. Congrats to you, Dren!! I am so proud of you!

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