I am now halfway through my triathlon training. The main event takes place in Sunriver on June 29, at the Pacific Crest Sports Festival. It’s easy to focus on the challenges I need to face before that date, but I’d like to focus instead on how far I’ve come and what I’m thankful for.
Ten weeks ago, I couldn’t run any distance. Today, I’m running a mile at a time between four-minute walking breaks. I went from an average 16-minute mile to 13:30. Considering where I started, I know I will get even better and faster.
A couple weeks ago, I couldn’t ride a road bike without falling. Today, I have successful rides under my belt, and I know I will get better with 10 more weeks of training.
Swimming didn’t worry me as much as the other activities, but I see myself making progress there as well. My last training session, I swam 1.4 miles in an hour, including a warmup and cooldown. That’s my fastest yet.
I’m thankful to train with coaches who keep my training to a slow-and-steady pace. I’m pushing hard, but not so hard that I’ll injure myself. At times, I wish I were moving faster sooner, but looking back supports a measured approach. Making incremental improvements every two weeks adds up.
I thank God for my body that can do this training. I’m blessed to be healthy, injury-free and able to keep at it. Two bible verses come to mind:
Psalm 139:14, “I will praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”
Matthew 19:26, “Jesus looked at them and said, ‘With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.’”
Training with a team adds social and motivational components I enjoy. Despite my being the newbie and slow one, my teammates never make me feel like I don’t belong. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. They always cheer me on and take time to explain the details. I couldn’t ask for a nicer bunch.
And all of you, my family and friends, have been great, as well. I appreciate every encouraging word and piece of advice. Thank you!
Note to self: When I’m tired, cranky and discouraged in a few weeks (or maybe tomorrow), I need to reread this post.