This past Saturday I participated in my first triathlon. After a 400 meter swim in the river, a 14 hill-ridden bike ride and 3.4 mile run in the humid heat, I can proudly say that I did indeed cross the finish line.
I’ve been a runner and trail runner for quite some time, and cycling is no big deal to me. But swimming long distances in open water? That one is a bit out of my comfort zone. I love the water and I’ve been a certified SCUBA diver since I was 12, but this was a different beast all together. Even during the race I wasn’t quite sure I could pull it off.
But I did it.
I may not have placed (in fact, I was bringing up the rear) but since I was only competing against myself, I think I won. Now I have my eyes set on a larger goal that I’ll talk about sometime soon.
So if you haven’t in awhile, go out and do something that scares you. You might just like it! And I promise you are capable of more than you think.