Winning feels totally awesome and if I get to win on behalf of all of the women of She Tris and Tri it for Life, then I am ok with that! I am not one that frequently places in my age group in races. It has happened before and you bet I have the mugs to prove it, but let’s be honest- it’s a rare occurrence. Now I know why people like winning- it really does feel good to be viewed as “important”.
I’ve pretty much been sporting running shorts and nursing bras for the last six years while staying home raising my kids, bouncing from parks to the grocery store. I am not comfortable winning or taking credit, partially because that’s just my personality. I also have a hard time accepting an award based on something I’ve accomplished in between toddler playdates, while others are hard at work behind desks. However, I’ve come to realize that success and hard work looks different from woman to woman. I wouldn’t change the past 6 years, and feel proud about all I’ve been able to juggle. Still, if someone brings up the award, I’m thankful, and change the focus to the amazing people who nominated me, and all of the women who inspire me on a daily basis.
One of the nominations suggested that I created something bigger than even I imagined. I really do believe that’s true. I’ve thought a few times over the hundreds of women who’ve registered for She Tris and Tri it For Life and that we are changing lives of those we reach. I am passionate about women putting themselves first and taking new challenges. I am passionate about introducing women to the sport of triathlon. Many participating in She Tris and Tri it for Life are not always prior athletes, never before swimming a pool lap or running a 5K. We welcome all women regardless of athletic ability, age, size, candor, or background. The best part is many of you go on to continue to love and participate in more endurance events! “Inhale confidence, exhale doubt” is my motto I try to plant the seed of “you CAN do this!” Seeing women transform both mentally and physically is amazing! Watching confidence grows as their stamina increases is a really BIG deal. If I am the driver of the bus that is determined to get women moving then I am so grateful that you all believe in what I believe in.
I did have to laugh after the award was announced, I received a bunch of invitations to Linked IN from a few professionals. It actually made me second guess myself once again. Did they hit the connect button by accident? I said to a friend of mine, “Do they know who I am?” I mean, my profile picture is of me wearing spandex triathlon gear. The gear is cute- Betty Designs kit, which I love. But, maybe I should change my profile picture to try and look more professional? Secondly, the Center for Women tagged me in a post about the upcoming event where they present the most influential awards. Yep-there I am in photo with a sea of women wearing suits and I am rocking the spandex kind! I wanted to be embarrassed for about thirty seconds and then I realized I am not your typical woman and why would I want to be? I think I’ll go right back to working on my laptop as my kids crawl overtop me in my running shorts. I will go buy a new dress to accept the award and feel super proud of who I am. I also got an invitation to attend a Women in Leadership luncheon that I’ve been invited to where I will dress like a professional and maybe even wear make up! Winning is pretty cool. Whatever it is in life that you’re
determined to do-go after it and don’t stop. ever. To all of you who nominated me- THANK YOU! It’s only through YOUR successes that I am being recognized. Every woman in She Tris Nation and Tri It For Life inspires me and makes me proud every single day.