Happy New Year, Dear Readers! I mentioned in my last post that there was big news coming, and there truly is!
21 of my friends and I are competing in the Iron Distance Challenge this month! This is a month-long distance challenge where individuals and teams compete by completing as many Iron Mans as they can (2.4 miles swimming, 112 miles biking, 26.2 miles running.) This particular challenge is being held by the TriGals out of Westchase. They seem like a wonderful group of women striving for friendship and fitness!
I hosted a little gathering at my house on December 29th and invited a bunch of friends who have been very supportive throughout my fitness journey. Since I fell off the wagon last year, I had to analyze why that happened so I wouldn’t repeat that mistake. Last year, I got started on my journey alone. Yes, I had the support of my husband, but we weren’t doing it together; it was my new thing. I took that experience with having a personal trainer 3x/week and learned everything I could from her. I have to say that the most important thing I learned was that I CAN do it! I ran, I boxed, I jumped, I skipped, I lunged, I lifted, and I lost a lot of weight. It is not impossible for me to move it and lose it! I also discovered that I enjoyed it. I love to feel the muscles developing in my body and the greater ease of movement all over. I enjoyed the aspect of running that I was actually moving my body faster than ever. I was doing that. I also started fencing. That’s something that I never thought I could really do.
So, the morning of my gathering, I got out all of my race bibs, medals, and pictures, and made a collage. This was an extremely emotional activity for me and I realized I probably should’ve done it six months ago. It was very motivating and hopefully it was motivating for my friends.
As you can see, I was busy last year! I had a great time and am looking forward to my next race!
I just want to give a huge shout out to my teammates! Thank you to Jon, Karla, Bryan, Laura, Clyde, Patrice, Hugues, Robin, Crystal, Dale, Terri, Fontaine, JoAnn, Shari, Shirley, Michele, Sharon, Traci, David, Melissa, and Carrie! Y’all are truly wonderful friends! Let’s do this!