I happy to announce that this past weekend I completed the St. Patrick’s Day Sprint Triathlon in Keller, TX! It was an amazing experience that I will most likely participate in again in the future. Training for the triathlon did not come without the ups and downs.
This journey has taught me to open up about a little about feelings and emotions. Anyone that knows me can attest that I do not express emotions or feelings very easily. I sometimes feel that showing vulnerability is a weakness. I have learned that vulnerability does not have to be a weakness. While I was training for the triathlon, I would look at a quote every morning when I woke up and every evening when I went to swim, bike or run.
Here is a copy of the quote:
Every time I read this quote, it gave me a sense of comfort. Then I realized that I did not need to be comfortable. This whole journey was about taking myself out of my comfort zone. The whole idea of the process was to take something on that I had never even thought about attempting to accomplish. I realized after sometime that I did have some control over the outcome of the triathlon. I could train hard, I could eat right, and leave everything out there the day of the competition. These were the variables that I did have control over. The vulnerability came into play when I had to let everyone watching my progress know how good or bad the process was progressing. I did not want people to see how I was sinking every time I got in the pool. I did not want people to see how bad I was at running.
Being this vulnerable pushed me to try harder, so everyone could see how I was improving. Being vulnerable helped me to try harder. Being vulnerable was a valuable asset, because then people could see that I needed help.
When I first started CrossFit back in 2014, I had no idea what to expect when I walked in the door at Texan Fitness(CrossFit Impressions). I had always heard about how crazy CrossFit was, and how there were all of these insane people “Drinking the Kool-Aid” and doing these insane workouts. This could not be further from the truth. The people I have met through this organization have become some of the best friends I could hope for. The most important part of CrossFit in my opinion is the relationships that you acquire. I have never had this kind of support with any kind of activity before. I truly believe that this goal would not have been able to be accomplished without the support from all of my friends and family at Texan Fitness.
I cannot thank all of you enough for the support you have given me over the past 4 years.