This weekend I completed the "Women of Steel" triathlon. Before anyone gets too impressed I should explain that it is a race you should train for but not one you necessarily have to be a great athlete to do. It's a sprint triathlon created for women only. It's a 300 meter pool swim, a 12.5 mile bike, and then a 5k race. This is my second year doing it and I can't say enough good about it. It's a great race that gets a lot of support from the community. It's all about women taking care of their health and the participants range from full blown athletes running a 5 1/2 minute average mile to women who may have overcome hard physical challenges and are possibly running/walking a 15 minute mile. I fall somewhere in between the two but being my second time it was fun to look back and try to beat my time from last year. (I did so this year was a success) For any of you that are interested they post all the information on http://triutah.com/ in January. Hopefully I will see lots of you gals there next year. (Especially you Audra, Joanne, Amber....Mom!....I say we plan a sister trip around it.)
Audra just reminded me about the best part of the race. The last 100 ft of the race to the finish line I came around the corner and there was my little family cheering me on. All of the sudden I heard Adam yell "Go Addy Go" and my sweet Adalynn came sprinting up to me and grabs my hand and was literally pulling me as we raced to the finish line.
You get a cute necklace that has a tri figurine on it and she
has kept mine from last year and is excited about the one this year. She
is very proud that I particpate in these races and is for sure my
During the race when it becomes sort of a mental battle, she is kind of my secret
weapon. It is very important to me that I pass on a positive body image to her
in which she values the body that she has been given and does what
she can to stay active and healthy. At the point when I need
some motivation I think of finishing strong for her and the race
becomes a cakewalk, at least mentally.