At the beginning of last year, I decided to see if triathlon was for me. So inspiration in hand, I searched for a triathlon and found the inaugural SheTris Triathlon in 2016. The tag line “All women. Three sports. ONE JOURNEY” just sung out to my soul and spirit. I not only learned how to run as an adult, but also recently learned how to swim as well, and I hadn’t been on a bike in ages. So I knew my journey ahead was going to be long and challenging should I attempt to do all three together. But after reading through the mission of this triathlon (to empower and show women of any size, shape, age or ability they could do a triathlon), I wanted to become a triathlete at SheTris.
From experience, I knew that setting goals and asking for help from community is so empowering and important. So I went to the online group of PNPTribe and posted out that I had a dream/goal of doing a tri. I told them I had found the perfect one in beautiful Charleston, SC and that I wondered if anyone would want to join in my new adventure. And as amazing PNP women always do, they responded whole-heartedly. Nine women (most of whom had never done a Tri) from all over the US and Canada, decided to join me in the SheTris journey. We would all train and learn together.
Forming an online private Facebook group, we trained separately, encouraged each other often, and celebrated our milestone. When race weekend came, we knew we were ready. From the moment I made my first stroke in the water, zoomed through the bike course, ran around that beautiful picturesque lake, and heard encouragement from friends and strangers, my heart filled with joy and determination. Crossing that finish line was fantastic, but I will say that watching each friend and woman coming across with her own story and accomplishment was equally amazing. We were all strong women, accomplishing goals, celebrating strength and diversity. We were TRIATHLETES!