This is not an easy post for me to write.  After months of training and anticipation, the final result of my first triathlon was not what I had hoped.  Please don’t misunderstand – I am proud of completing the course and thoroughly enjoyed (most of) the race, which should be all that matters.  But I did not come close to the time goal I had set for myself and I’m having a terrible time letting it go.

So I have decided to focus on the overwhelming gratitude I have for my family’s cheers and support and for my close friend Fronzie who was by my side throughout the entire race.  And I am tremendously grateful for the journey.  There were many lessons learned from the day I decided to register to the moment I crossed the finish line, and I will take them with me into the next one.  After I relax.  For a few weeks at least…

Waiting to dive in. Fronzie is next to me in the white swim cap.
Toward the end of the swim. By far the most difficult leg of the race.
My little sister and my son looking concerned.
My daughter and husband walking the shoreline.
My niece Lily.
Seriously one of the top five happiest moments of my life was exiting the water.
Transitioning to the bikes. I lost a full three minutes trying to maneuver my wetsuit over the time chip on my ankle. It was almost comical. Except it wasn’t.
The bike was hands down my favorite part of the race. It was a gorgeous and hilly 25 mile ride through the countryside. Please note the aforementioned time chip on my ankle – it’s so big you’d think I was under house arrest!
Taking off on our 6.2 mile run. The fact that we are smiling clearly shows we cannot feel our legs yet.
Heading to the trail. Also very hilly.
Getting ready to cross the finish line. My father, stepmother and sisters are on the left cheering while my daughter slips under the fence to join us.

I didn’t cry until I hugged my mom.
The end of the chapter. Not the end of the story.

10 thoughts on “Gratitude

  1. This high will last weeks if not months!! There is no amount of preparation or training for an open water swim with hundreds of other feet in your face until you are actually doing it! Congrats!! Proud of you!!

  2. I started bawling at seeing H jump the fence.. full tears at your mom. What dedication all around- LOVE!

  3. I am so very proud of you Wendy! So sad I couldn’t be there to cheer you on. You are truly amazing; I love you so much, and I am so lucky to have you in my life. You did spectacular- goal time or not, never ever underestimate the power of what you set your mind to! Love you!!! XO

  4. The first thing I noticed was the number on your arm. I’m glad it was 100. I can’t fully explain why I think it’s the perfect number for you, it just feels right. You’re a 10, you put in 100% training & this race, you are an inspiration, 100% of your heart & soul was put in this to honor your mom…I’m so proud of you! You’re amazing & wonderful & I Love You!


  5. Way to go Wendy! I am so proud of you. You set your mind to it and you went at this full force. You are an inspiration! You and Fronzie look so beautiful too – how do you guys do that?!

  6. Wendy ~ This is a truly amazing accomplishment! I, too, began to cry when I saw the pic of you and your mom!!! I love how Hannah joined you at the finale ~~ how sweet and sinister! 🙂 Congrats on this endeavor!

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