Do you ever have those moments when you’ve just accomplished something so incredible in your own eyes that you feel like you’re the coolest person in the world, like you’re Wonder Woman (or Superman)? I had one of those days yesterday. I competed in–and successfully finished–my first olympic distance triathlon: a 1500 meter swim followed by a 23 mile bike ride and a 6 mile run. I feel so happy and so proud of myself and so tired! Admittedly there were times when I didn’t believe I would or could actually do it. But as I’ve said before, it’s amazing what we are capable of once we stop limiting ourselves with our own thoughts. Once I started believing that I could do a 5k run, then a half marathon, then a sprint triathlon, and now an olympic distance triathlon, I was able to do it. And the most exciting thing about it all is seeing that I am capable of so much more than I ever thought I was before, and not just physically but also spiritually and emotionally. We truly are here to prove to ourselves what we are really capable of. God already knows.

So what’s next? Suddenly that half-ironman triathlon that I’ve been aspiring to do doesn’t seem so out of reach. What I do doesn’t really matter, though, as long as I believe in myself enough to actually do it. Anything is possible.

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7 thoughts on “On Top of the World

  1. Wow. You said that so well. I know that feeling. I remember the day (only about 2 1/2 years ago) where I ran a mile for the first time in my life – literally. I was so excited and called my dad. He congratulated me and told me that was 30% of a 5K. And I was hooked. It’s amazing – we take these little steps and then look back and stand in awe of how far we’ve come. I am so excited for you! What an accomplishment!

  2. CONGRATULATIONS!!!! I’m trying to do better at believing I can do something (like run 1 mile) but to read your accomplishments seems so unattainable to me. I guess it’s all in the attitude and mine needs an adjustment!

    Thanks for being my inspiration . . . . . . .

  3. Thanks for being such a great fan club! I really appreciate the support from you two. And I know you are both capable of more than you can imagine now. I ran my first 5k only about 2 1/2 years ago myself, and it took me something like 37 minutes! I was so happy with myself just for having completed it. Now, even though I’ve taken about 10 minutes off of my 5k time, I’m still usually at the back of that pack. I definitely was in Saturday’s triathlon, but once again the time didn’t matter. It was the fact that I finished that made me feel great. Perhaps in the future I’ll start to be more concerned about speed. For now I’m just enjoying being able to finish.

  4. remember those days in Bolazano, Italy when two sorelle were trying to jog up and down the street infront of their apartment? You keep thinking of that and how far you’ve come. You can jog all the way to Firenze from Bolzano now, you brat! You’ve left me in the dust.
    Keep your life balanced, don’t get too obsessed over this triatholon stuff. When you die, God’s not really going to care if you were able to swim, run, and bike- but what you were able to give, learn and do to help him. I think it’s great your doing what you love, just don’t sacrafice any moments with your “great little souls” just for your “perfect body”. You’ll have that just like the rest of us soon enough when our comes.
    I love you!
    erin

  5. Carr, thanks for the note. I actually had just gotten back from a book club meeting when I read it. I am making a conscious effort to keep my life balanced. One of my main concerns when I first got into triathlons was making sure I wasn’t sacrificing my family for it, and that is still foremost on my mind as I move forward. I want these experiences to be positive for my entire family, and so far I believe they have been. Thanks for caring!

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