Hi everyone, today we have an awesome guest post from Christine at Love, Life and Surf. She has great, thought-provoking posts, so make sure you check her out!
Hi Cupcake Kelly readers! I’m Christine and I live in New York City with my two sons and husband. I blog over at Love, Life, Surf where I talk about the things in my life and that I love – primarily family, fitness and surfing.
I was so excited to hear that Kelly going to run the Nike Women’s Half in October with Team and Training and I wanted to share my Team in Training story with you.
After I had run three marathons, my body was feeling a little beaten up and run down. I started thinking about doing a triathlon – I’ve always wanted to do one and I thought it would be a great way to mix things up. But frankly, I was scared. Was I athlete-enough to do it? A former colleague of mine had been actively involve with Team in Training and encouraged me to consider training with Team in Training.
Originally, I signed up to race the St. Anthony’s triathlon in April 2005 with Team in Training, which is supposed to be a great race, but a little thing called a dislocated shoulder kept that from happening. Instead, I rehabbed my shoulder and continued to work with Team in Training. I pushed my race date back to July when I completed the NYC Triathlon.
I signed up with Team in Training for a couple of reasons.
1. “Together we can train to beat cancer.”
I wholeheartedly believe in Team in Training’s motto. My life has been touched too many times by cancer but it is something that we can come together to beat. I was happy to be part of a team that was raising money for such a worthy cause. Plus, as I would learn after I joined Team in Training, a close family friend was diagnosed with leukemia that year so the experience meant just a little bit more to me.
NYC Tri Start
2. Safety and support
My husband wasn’t interested in doing a triathlon with me. He had been my training and race partner through our three marathons and I needed to find someone to support me through triathlon training. Plus, I felt safe swimming, biking and running for hours on end knowing that I was part of this larger group with dedicated coaches and mentors supporting us with detailed training plans and clinics on things like how to change a flat tire, open water swimming, nutrition and transitions.
3. Dedicated pool time
Finding dedicated lap swim time in a decent pool is hard in New York City! I admit, one of the main reasons I was drawn to Team in Training was knowing that there were regular swim practices when we would have the pool all to ourselves. No more jostling for lanes, sprinting to pass swimmers in your lane, etc.
However, I came away from the experience with so much more. By the end, we were a team. No doubt about it. We supported each other during our practices and we supported each other during the race. I remember struggling as I approached Harlem Hills in Central Park during the race. But then I saw my swim coach standing there cheering me on and running with me up the hill. I don’t think that I would have gotten up there without that extra encouragement. The support of my coaches and team pushed me to challenge myself and train hard, harder than I ever have before, but I knew that if I fell, they would be there to catch me.
NYC Tri Run
But the most important thing I walked away with were the stories. We shared so many stories about how our lives had been affected by cancer, who we were racing in honor of and why we were a part of this team. We heard the stories of our teammates who are cancer survivors and it made you want to dig a little bit more and a little bit deeper.
I’m so grateful for my experience. The NYC Triathlon is one of my proudest accomplishments and one of the best races of my life. While it’s been a long time since I raced with Team in Training, in the back of my head, I know that there will be day when I will be a part of the Team again.
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