My 2015 year……
Cox Half Marathon-(May)
DNS- Did Not Start because of 1st and 2nd degree burns on my leg....and.... I’m over it!
The Inaugural Mystic 10K- (May)
It was my most memorable race since my friend, Aimee Reed, who is fighting stage 3 breast cancer showed up on race day! She was into her third week of chemo and that didn’t stop her! I was so proud of her! Watching her cross that finish line showed me that this girl is going to be just fine! I know it!!!
Lions Club 5K Connecticut- (June) Best 5K of the Year!
Mystic YMCA Sprint Triathlon
*1/2 mile swim, 14 mile bike and 3 mile run- (June)
The Westerly/Mystic Tri Group all showed up at the triathlon wearing shirts that read: We TRI for Aimee. In addition to a spectacular day, one of our own crossed the finish line after having a stroke! These are a tough group of people!
Oh My Goddard - My First Olympic Triathlon
*1 mile swim, 21 mile bike and 6 mile run- (June)
Do you remember Father’s Day this year? At one point of the day, I was swimming in the rain, riding my bike in the rain and running in the rain. Then, I was treated to my first Krispy Donut by Terry Hiltz! The people I train with all placed extremely well. I am so proud of these elite athletes. I crossed the finish line smiling and forgot that it was raining.
The Inaugural Fat Clam Sprint Triathlon
*1/4 mile swim, 12 mile bike (hills!) and 3.5 mile run (July)
Holy Hills of Coventry, Rhode Island! So much fun!
The Olympic Rhode Warrior Triathlon
*1 mile ocean swim, 29.5 mile bike and 6 mile run. (August)
I learned to love the ocean water while training for this race. We Tri for Aimee Team won the Most Inspirational Team for the Rhode Warrior Half and Olympic Triathlon! Aimee came to cheer us on that day. There were so many special moments of this day that I will cherish.
Surftown Half Marathon*13.1 run at Misquamicut Beach (September)
I love this Half! This race is held in my back yard. It feels like a celebration to a great season.
Things that I LOVED and that I DIDN’T LIKE...
*Training with friends-I LOVED!
*Waking up at 4:00am in the morning- I DIDN’T LIKE!
*Finishing my 5:00 am swim at Misquamicut Beach- I LOVED!
*Waking up at 4am to make sure I have a good spot for my bike before my tri race starts- I DIDN’T LIKE!
*Seeing all my tri-friends in the transition area before the race starts- I LOVED!
*Finishing my 1 mile ocean swim with a cramp in my left leg and not being able to stand up while getting out of the water (not my best look)- I DIDN’T LIKE!
*Crossing the finish line -I LOVED!
*Needing to use Stinky portable toilets- I DIDN’T LIKE!
*When I was feeling fatigue and didn’t think I had anything left....
I would look up and my family and friends were cheering for me- I LOVED!
*Race Pictures that look NOTHING the way I envision myself when running like a “Bay Watch Babe”! UG! I DIDN’T LIKE! (LOL!)
Last but not least......
*Having OUR Aimee, a breast cancer fighter, come out and cheer for her tri-team-I LOVED! I LOVED! I LOVED!
I can’t really recap this race season without smiling and maybe crying a little.
Training and racing without Aimee next to me, was difficult!
I know it was difficult for all of us who love her.
To see Aimee’s smile inspired us all more than she will ever know.
God gave her a different path than the rest of us.
I don’t know why but I know that there is nothing this girl can’t do!
As I watch her fight, I wish I could take away her pain.
I feel like I have been watching her from the side lines.
And I have been cheering her on, “Go Aimee! You got this! Don’t YOU Stop!!!”
As she races into a tornado of hell, there is nothing I can do about it but pray and wait for her to cross HER finish line.
She’s in T2 of HER Race and Aimee is looking good. :)
Racing is just not registering, training and crossing a finish line.
It is something so much more to me.
It is crossing paths with people I would have never met, being inspired constantly by the human spirit and being there for others when they are knocked down.
These strangers have become a tri-family that lifts me up.
As Thanksgiving approaches, my sons and I are gearing up for our 1 mile fun run! The famous Charlotte Southpark Turkey Trot in Charlotte, North Carolina is becoming our family tradition. There are a bunch of races that day: 8k, 5k, 1 mile fun run and the 26.2 yard kid’s race.
This is our third year participating on Thanksgiving morning with our family.
My little guys can’t wait!
I think I will be racing till I can’t walk.
And I am confident; I will find a race that will allow me to use my walker.
Oh, there is one more thing that I LOVED about 2015.
Having my sons watching me cross the finish line....LOVED IT!