Sunday, May 18, 2008

Mission Completed

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 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
biggest fan.
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.


Audra & Tyson said...

Yeay baby! Way to go big sis! You really are an inspiration! I'm sure proud to call you my big sissy.
Please post the story about you and Addy running to the finish, I told Ty and Mom last night and we all got a little emotional. Love you.

Amberlie and Anthony said...

You're awesome Gretch. I am so proud of you. I have the two best sisters in the world. I love how Addy gets her heart from you and her Adamness from him. And by the way anyone who knows Adam knows thats an actual word.I love you. Also Beck is the next generations Idol.

Tiff said...

Gretchen that is so awesome I am really impressed! I really need to do something like that actually I just need to start doing anything!!! Way to go!!!

Joanne said...

Congratulations! You are so amazing - I didn't realize this was the second time you'd done it. How'd the swimming go?

That's so cute about Addy running with you at the end - you are such a good example to her.

Gretchen said...

Joanne the swimming went great. The best part is that the race was in a pool and so half of each lap was in the shallow water. At that point I just ran it and stroked with my arms but I just wished I could have done it the whole time because I passed 3 girls doing it that way. (When I would swim free style I just kept pace.)

WIKKY said...

Way to go!!! My sister in law and friend just did it and loved it. I am for sure there next year!!! We just did the U of U triathlon (craig and I), it was a blast and such an eye opener at how I need to practice on the swimming some more! That is so awesome!

Brooke said...

Congratulations Gretchen. What an accomplishment, that's awesome!

Guenter Family said...

Congrats, you are my inspiration. As soon as I have this baby I want to start trianing for a sprint also. I was going to do one last month, but a baby came along, so next year. Good job and way to go.

Megan said...

Oh my oh my you just made me cry picturing Addy running with you! So cute! When I'm running I definitely picture the same thing! You're amazing girl! Love you! I trained for a sprint tri last year and it was cancelled cause of rain. :( I'd love to do another though!

Chad & Tenaya said...

I'm so impressed. Good job. I can't wait to get back into it. Best of luck with your trainings, don't stop! I loved the part about Addy helping you to the finish line. Kids are our inspiration aren't they -- they are so incredible.