I had a conversation with a friend the other day, you all know TA by now. We were talking politics. He loves talking politics. Me, not so much. He said something like do this, do that etc etc. I said you realize who you are talking to right? He said: the girl that didn’t own a bike and did a half Ironman, or something along those lines. I said “oh yea…her”.
Today in my Facebook memories it popped up that I did my first triathlon ever. Two years ago today. My first thought: holy shit, it’s only been two years? My second thought: ha so much for being a one and done kinda thing. Third thought: I can’t freaking believe how much my life has changed since then.
I was a sort of runner. A recreational runner at best. I was a gym rat for sure. But even that was only a year before a ventured into the world of triathlon. My fitness journey only started 3 years ago? Seriously?
I can barely remember who I was before then. Obviously I’m still me. Did I have any passions before then? I’ve always loved taking care of people (hence the RN after my name), but was I truly passionate about anything?
I don’t think so.
Somehow triathlon and fitness became my life. My main crew is all people I met because of triathlon or some sort of fitness.
What in the world would I be doing with my life if I hadn’t met TA??? I can’t even imagine! Ha I even met him because of this journey. My first spin class ever, he walked in….I almost shit my pants. I was scared to death to be there and then in comes this super tall, super fit guy… and he’s teaching the class? Fuck my life. Who knew he’d end up being my bestie (sorry, not sorry TA).
He pushed me through a door that changed my life completely in such a short period of time. Feels like forever ago. He introduced me to the boss. From there I met my crew, my tri-peeps, my teammates. I can blame him for this ridiculous lifestyle right?
I wouldn’t change it for the world.
It sunk in even more when a teammate Cari wrote her recap for her race last weekend. In there she talked about her race last year and said this:
While in the transition area prior to the start of the race the woman across from me was all decked out in a NEMS uniform and I had asked her about the team. She was genuinely passionate about how fun it was to be on the team and how everyone was so supportive and that it was really for everyone of all abilities. Her excitement in describing it was compelling and that night I went home and joined and VOILA!, that was the very moment that started this ball of crazy rolling!
That was me! (You can’t miss us, we’re the orange and blue team😜) You can read the full recap here 🙂 Wait? What? I did that? I just talked about how much I love being a part of NEMS. I always hear how “genuine” and “passionate” I am, but it doesn’t really hit home until you read it from someone else’s point of view.
Which makes me feel really good about the big life change I made/am making. I love bringing people into this community. The tri community. You really can’t find anything that compares to it. They change you, it changes you. In a really freaking good way. So I soft launched my new business as a tri coach. But in a way that I want to work with the total newbies and the ones out there that just want to have fun. Not elite athletes. I’ll send those my coaches way. Ha, that makes me sound elite (not even close… proud middle to back of the packer over here). I will write a whole separate post on the new business (granite performance), but I can’t even tell you how excited I am to have the opportunity to bring people into the tri community, to give them guidance. I hope everyone gets to experience the magic it has done for me:
- I found me – didn’t even know she was missing
- I connected with the best people ever
- Positive body image – I learned to celebrate all the things my body can do instead of wishing some part of me looked different
- I feel like I radiate happiness most days. Even shitty days are still really great days!
- I learned to love me
- I learned to celebrate everyone’s journey and not in comparison to mine
- I learned to appreciate and celebrate all the little victories along the way to the big goal
- I learned that I can
- And on and on and on
So… oh yea… her. She is pretty fucking awesome, isn’t she? I don’t mean that in look at me, I’m the shit kinda way. I mean damn I went from couch to half ironman. I went from just going through the motions every day to truly loving my life. So yea… her. I like her.