” Two years ago, I was a different person than I am today. My wonderful new family physician sent me to a nutrition and weight management clinic to battle the obesity that had plagued my adult life. As my body shrunk, the desire for exercise grew. I dusted off my treadmill and started with 10 minutes of walking each night. Well, soon enough I got up to 30 minutes at a slow jog and decided to mix it up a little by getting my old bike out of the shed. Things started to feel pretty good and the weight loss accelerated! At about the sixth month mark, my neighbor mentioned that her daughter was registering for a “sprint” triathlon. I had no idea what the heck that was but the idea of a triathlon was VERY appealing. Next day, out came the bathing suit. I’m actually more of a distance swimmer than a speed swimmer but I do love to swim! A friend at work told me about the Strathmore Women’s Triathlon and encouraged me to register. After a brief discussion with Rose at the Tri-It Shop, I was convinced it was my calling! So, 100 pounds lighter and full of my newly found energy, I signed up for the race. At 47 years of age, I called it my “Mid-life Crisis”! After that, I was hooked. I’ve just completed my first Olympic length triathlon in June. My time was less than stellar but I didn’t give a hoot – I did a full-length triathlon!!! I’ve registered for Strathmore again next month and cannot wait for the race. I’ve got the “Big One” checked off for this year so it’s time to get back to having fun. It sure keeps the weight under control as well!
Thank you Deanne for all of your encouragement. It’s people like you that make this sport an absolute pleasure to be part of at any level. I love triathlon for that very reason. If someone like me can do it, absolutely anyone can!! You’re the best!