Today was the day. Wahine Triathlon. If you’ve been following along with the brown and purple blogs take note. I did not wear any eyeliner today. I wore sunscreen and my zippy black and pink tri-suit. Here is a picture of all the girls who trained together this year before the race. See us smiling? Those are brave we can do it dont’ panic and no you don’t have to go to the bathroom again before we start in 2 minute smiles.
Since I’m a number girl I spent some time on the couch this afternoon reading results. Results posted and I finished in under 2 hours. Exactly 1 second under 2 hours. 1:59:59. Love that. My swim was my best. (18th out of 35) My bike was my worst. (dead last) The run I shockingly made up time. (27 out of 35) Overall I finished 29th out of 35.
I love the one person who mailed me an encouraging sign. This makes me want to do a better job of cheering other people on. I took my sign with me to the race today. I love the 11 people who came to cheer us on. I love the 7 people who texted to say they were praying this morning. Mostly I love the number 4. The team of us girls who held each other accountable to train and who encouraged each other and stood together smiling at the end.
The Hula Girl / Wahine event was an encouraging, supportive, well run and super fun event. There were a pile of events people could enter – a 5k, 10k, half marathon, duo (bike and run), Tri-a-Tri, and Sprint Triathlon. All the events start at the same time. Sounds crazy but it wasn’t – they were very well organized and had tons of support staff. The event had signs posted everywhere that made my heart happy. “Find your why”. “You inspire others”. “Finish Strong”. So here is my idea. Next year we should get a whole pile of women to enter whichever event feels doable. You in?
This is what I know. I finished. Six months ago I was 30 pounds heavier and mostly sitting on the couch. Today I did not drown, fall off my bike or crash into anyone. I ran the entire 3 mile finish. I didn’t let the lady behind me catch me at the finish line. I felt great right after I finished. We earned what has to be the largest finisher medal in the history of racing. I swear it weighs several pounds. My girlfriends all did amazing. We want to do it next year. My daughter wants to do the kid’s version next year. I’ll call all of that a win.
These are gosh I’m so proud and happy and amazed and how do I love these girls smiles. Forget brown and purple. Yay for pink!