Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Still milking the triathlon!! When you accomplish a goal, you can milk it too!!!

So how long can I milk the whole - triathlon thing? is that what you are all wondering? Well, as long as I want I decided! lol

we are recruiting more insane women do come and do the triathlon with us next year.... Going to have t-shirts made up with the following quote.

"If it were easy, then everyone would do it. The Hard is what makes it great!"
Tom Hanks, A League of Their Own

I just love that quote. This year we saw many woman with the following quote, "The Miracle isn't that I finished, The Miracle is that I began" I can't remember who said the quote - but that is a great quote too! So sums up how I felt this year.

In November I will be running a 1/2 marathon. For me this is even bigger deal than the triathlon, see I have not really ever been a runner. However, that is about to change! I have a program I have started on - 12 weeks. In October I think I am going to do a 10k for the UW Dog Dash. It is about 1/2 the distance (6.2 miles) of a 1/2 marathon (13.1 miles)- so that should help me to gauge how well I am doing on my training! I like setting these goals, it is keeping me focused and keeps me excitted about working out. For the first time in a few years - I wore a bathing suit, and felt really good about myself. Am I model thin? No, I will probably never be a size 4 and that is ok. I am happy with myself and that is what matters. To me setting a goal and accomplishing it makes me happy and proud of myself. The thought of a 1/2 marathon is terrifying. But I figure if it was easy - well then everyone would do them! So the quote really fits this new goal too. Anyway - that is what is happening for now.

While I usually look forward to summer ending - this year I am savoring everylast sunny day! For the first time in a long time I don't want summer to end! I can feel fall coming on, and I will welcome it soon. But for now I am enjoying the warm sunny days and getting outdoors as much as possible before the rain comes!!

Here are some more wonderful pics of the triathlon - these were taken by the official triathlon photgraphers.

My mom and I at the finish line! It is not a pretty picture of me - however I love my mom's enthusiasm it makes me smile....

Liz at the finish line.

Riding along Lake Washington Blvd. Do I look like a pro or what? I didn't know before doing the ride if I would ever want to do a triathlon again, so I purchased the cheapest helmet I could find.... so it didn't fit too great - I think it was crooked the whole ride... so I will be investing in a little bit better helmit this next year!


Buford said...

Hey Emily~ I am so glad you gals are going to join in on the fun! And I agree, milk it :-)

Marcie said...

league of their own is one of my FAVE movies!!
"There's no Crying in baseball!!!" (my favorite part is when they throw the mitt at Stilwell. It cracks me up EVERYTIME!)

I agree--milk this baby for all its worth. Not many of us can say we did a marathon or triathlon! But you can start collecting the T-shirts to show your glory!

Cagle Clan said...

"If it were easy, then everyone would do it. The Hard is what makes it great!"
Tom Hanks, A League of Their Own

Wow..that quote hit me like a ton of bricks and REALLY spoke to me on a very specific issue in my life right now. I know Tom Hanks is no spiritual giant :)...But, I believe that was a word from the Lord for me today..thank you so much for sharing that.
And yes, you should be SO proud! You have accomplished something amazing!!! I walked around my neighborhood a couple times today..does that count for anything?? :)
You are awesome..keep it up!

"The new Worship Pastors" said...

Wow, Em. I say milk it! You are doing an awesome job and I bet you don't realize it, but you are motivating many people who may have never though about fitness or accomplishing a goal like that before. Including me! I read what you write and I hear the pride in your "voice" It makes me want to choose a goal for myself this year and accomplish it. No matter how big or small! Thanks for speaking your heart and unknowingly speaking to the hearts of others.