4 reasons why I love triathlon.

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. 1896842_10203652331980913_7003146525997003947_nMy 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.

Healthy Regards,

Hayley 

Have you ever watched a triathlon? 

Do you get the post race blues?

8 Comments

  1. bonniesays:

    This was an awesome event, and even though I didn’t do quite as well as I had hoped, I loved it! It is such a privilege to be able to move my body, enjoy the outdoors, view God’s creation while enjoying a swim, bike and run! This event is a turning point for me in my triathlon efforts. Loved, loved, loved it (even though I got sick at the end and had major calf cramps!)
    You are right about the triathlon community too….so supportive. Thanks for being one of my biggest supporters and cheer leaders!

    • hayleyelytle@gmail.comsays:

      SOOOOO SO SO happy to hear you loved, loved, loved it. I knew you would be hooked. Can’t wait till we can be out there together, spectating is not as much as fun (;

  2. I got to watch my sister run her first triathlon yesterday! Triathlon is definitely a whole different breed! I never realized how much more work and volunteers it takes to put on a tri rather than just a road race (and this was even just a sprint tri)!!! There were so many volunteers everywhere making sure that the athletes knew where to go and they were cheering everyone on! Hopefully I can see you race in person someday! 🙂
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    • hayleyelytle@gmail.comsays:

      Ah you have to go to an Ironman event! It is just insane the effort that goes into putting it on. We can arrange that (:

  3. WTG mom! I’m so tempted to try a tri! Taking a step back from doing what you love is so hard. I’m doing it now. In the end I will be stronger for it right!
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  4. Congrats to your mom! I loved cheering my mom to a half marathon (the first one I ever went to) and also pacing her for her half marathon PR. I just love seeing her go after something and then how proud she is of herself after. I would love to do a triathlon, but I don’t know when it will be in the cards for me, unfortunately. I wouldn’t so much say that I get the post race blues so much as the What the Hell Do I Do with Myself Now!!??’s. At least, that was how it was after my marathon last year. But thus far I haven’t had any real drop offs after races so I’ve just kept going!
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  5. you know i was nodding my head the whole time!
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  6. You have my total respect for doing any sort of Triathlon Even the cut down version they use in the Olympics and World Championship is testing enough. The half ironman (or ironwoman) is another step up again.
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