I did it... I actually did it. I completed a 10mile indoor Triathlon in Calgary at the Talisman Center. It is a great facility and the race organizers and volunteers were amazing and supportive.
My 500m (20 laps) swim went as good as expected and yes after the first two laps I panicked. I was ready to quit and stop right there. I persevered to the bitter end when I finished off with the back stroke. I ended getting last out of the pool which then set off the chain of events. As I was entering the gym to get on my bike at my station I ended up slipping, falling and banged my knee pretty good (got some small scrapes too... Gotta have war wounds lol) got on the bike and was making some good time up but about a km left to go in the 12.5km bike the guy accidentally unplugged my distance monitor. Was upset at the time but OK afterwards. Accidents happen.
Getting off the bike my legs were jelly and it's an odd transition from bike to run. Just by what you feel. We then made our way up the stairs to the indoor track and ran 15 laps to complete the 3 km run. Normally that's a good warmup but today was a true test of mental toughness. Luckily no accidents on the track and I finished strong as I normally do. Plus I just want to get this crazy thing over with. Ha ha
So thoughts on today.... Well I did it and I never done one before. This is the first race I've ever done that my asthma didn't play a factor in or was even an issue. Today's challenges were the mental stuff and telling the negative brain thoughts to piss off and keep going. The run and the bike I went in feeling confident and I know I could have done a little better but with how things were going I did it to my best abilities. I need to work on the mental game more and overcome the pool issues with swimming. I've been swimming my whole life and have always felt comfortable in the water. I don't know what was causing it or what factors were playing a role but for once my asthma wasn't an issue. I never used my inhaler once and only used it on the way in due to the cold air and the -10 temps.
I am extremely proud of myself for doing this and am still emotional about it. I am recovering faster after races.... Ok so far feeling not too bad. I am going to take a few days off and jump back on the training wagon. I have the Super Spartan Race in Vegas in 2 weeks. I am excited to try it out and get away.
I want to thank my triathlon group for being there supporting me and the ones that couldn't make it too. Robin for checking on me and staying till the bitter end. I especially want to thank Mike for being there and riding along side of me to help cheer me on, running and handing me water as well as keeping me going (especially since you were finished your race and ended up running 6km). My parents for coming out so early in the morning, taking the pictures and video and supporting me as well. My awesome amazing son for saying nice stuff afterwards and the kids for cheering me on.
I truly do have such an awesome support group now. My life just keeps getting better and I keep surprising myself with what I can accomplish when I put my mind to it.
Don't ever let your fears stop you from doing something you really want. I am taking this experience and will learn from it so my next Triathlon in June goes a little better. That will be my first outdoor one with elements and cars and stuff and..... Well you get the point. My son is joining me there and will complete his first kids triathlon. I am sure proud of him. Watching him turn a negative past into a positive future is such a great thing. We both are strong people... I'm a very proud momma!
Until next time...
(Will post some pics later)
I am a single mom with one son that has been living with asthma since I was 2yrs old. I also almost died three times due to severe asthma attacks! I don't let my asthma stop me from accomplishing new goals and living life to the fullest.
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