This weekend I got to watch my mom compete in her first Half Ironman distance triathlon. Not surprising at all- she totally rocked it. It was not an easy day out there with temperatures in the 90’s even spectating was exhausting. But she did it! She crossed the finish line and is already talking about her next one. My mom is on the left. So happy she had these other two amazing, strong women to support her in this feat. These three are inspiring!
I was so excited to watch my mom do this but at the same time I was a little scared about how I would feel. I thought it would be hard to watch other people doing what I have had to take a step back from. Really though it wasn’t hard at all. It was just as inspiring and exactly what I needed during this time of healing.
Here is what I love and miss about triathlon:
1. It is slightly crazy. The amount of time, training and energy that triathletes spend to get to the start line of a race is baffling. Its fun to be unique and to do things that not everyone does.
2. Daily goals and victories. There is a clear goal to every workout and day. There has to be! Every workout is a tiny victory. Getting through a tough swim, waking up at the crack of dawn, actually feeling like you got some recovery on your easy bike ride. These are all daily occurrences that you get to celebrate! Constantly winning makes you feel pretty awesome.
3. The community. Tis the best. Your biggest competitors are also your best friends. Everyone is so supportive. The culture breeds a paying it forward mentality that is so evident by the thousands of volunteers and cheerleaders that make race day possible.
4. The feeling of hard work working. My best, happiest moments in life have been after crossing the finish line. I can’t put into words how it feels to work so hard for something and feel accomplished on race day. I am proud of many of my accomplishments but to me nothing beats finally seeing your training come to full fruition.
So the post race blues are in full effect even though I didn’t race. I haven’t been sure about triathlon this past year but I am pretty sure this weekend clarified my love and passion for this sport.
Here is to chasing health so I can toe the line again soon.
Have you ever watched a triathlon?
Do you get the post race blues?