Monday, September 26, 2011
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!