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Saturday, June 13, 2015

Pre-race Thoughts

Five years ago (next month to be exact)
If you'd have told me five years ago that I would spend today making lists and checking things off so I was prepared for my first triathlon I'd have called you crazy and maybe a few other choice words.  I never imagined being a person who enjoyed being active or that I'd ever have the confidence to take swimming lessons.  I wasn't exactly happy being fat, it's just what I thought my life was going to be like.

It's not like that anymore, obviously, and tonight I'm laying out my tri kit (that's a fancy phrase for the shorts, singlet combo I'll be sporting tomorrow -- and I really hope I used that term correctly!) and packing a change of clothes for after the race so I can dry off as quickly as possible.  (Yes, I learned that lesson the hard way).

I've tried to think about goals for this race -- in the past 5 years I've always posted a long litany of goals.  This race is different.  I am doing this one just for me.  I didn't do any fundraising, I didn't really blog about it or share much about my training on social media.  Ultimately, I want to cross the finish line with a HUGE smile on my face.  I mean a legitimate smile and not because I'm just saying a word that begins with "S".  I'm going to try my best to be proud of the effort that I've put into my training and have fun.

I certainly won't be winning the race and even if I'm the last one to finish in my age group at least I got out there and tried.  I think my former self will be proud of me.


  1. Along with your Mother. I'm very proud of you!!

  2. Good Luck!!! You will be awesome!! See you at the finish!!😃

  3. Good Luck Jen You are a ROCK STAR!!!

  4. Your former self would absolutely be proud of you and I am as well! You know I wouldn't be getting up for just anyone at 7:00 A.M.!!! :) Love you!