My 8-year-old daughter, Reese, was my biggest cheerleader at the She-Tris race this past June. She knew all that had come before this day. Not that I had trained hard physically or even put all three pieces of the triathlon together before that day. But that bike. My nemesis. I had wanted to participate in the She-Tris triathlon in 2016 but on my first bike ride (on a bike that I had borrowed from a friend), I flew over the handlebars and ate some gravel. It was lovely. After a few stitches above my lip, some work done on a front tooth and some ugly bruises and road rash, I probably could’ve kept training but it was the mental part that got me. I wasn’t about to get back on that bike.
I went to support my friend and running buddy to cheer her on at the finish line that I had expected to cross. What a rush to see all the women supporting each other. From swim, to bike, to run. It was so exciting to see so many women meeting their goals. I knew that I was going to do it next year.
And I did! Yes, maybe I’m too cautious on the bike. But yes, I got back on it and enjoyed every second of the tri. But the reason for my words, is not about how awesome I felt when I crossed the finish line. Or how incredible it was to have so much support all around me. It’s my daughter who stood and watched me swim and cheered for me as I biked and ran by her. When I finished, besides the “Mom, you were way faster than you thought you’d be swimming!” was “I WANT TO DO IT!!” She was hooked! As we celebrated the finish, we learned about the AquaGirl and Aquathon races. Reese was ready to get started. She saw the excitement and the sense of fulfillment when you meet your goal. What a great life lesson. Set your mind on something, work for it and complete the task.
It’s been just over a month since the SheTris race and my girl hasn’t lost her enthusiasm. We first started in the pool, swimming a few laps together. We then took a run around the block. We’re now putting them together…having our socks, shoes and shorts ready by the pool and going from swim to run immediately following. It’s been such a fun start to our training and we look forward to keeping it up til October and beyond!
I hope you and your daughter will join us in October for the AquaGirl and Aquathon! It’s such a unique opportunity to support each other and cheer each other on to cross that finish line! And…there’s no bike!!