I'm training for a Triathlon--- WHAT?!
This has been a goal for YEARS. It's actually the reason I joined the gym and started this journey to fitness. But it's always been on the back burner. It was more like "I'll train once I hit my goal weight" which clearly has yet to happen. I wanted to do my first Tri with Team In Training becauase the LLS (Leukemia and Lymphoma Society) did SO MUCH for my father when he was going through his chemotherapy. Unfortunately, it has not worked out the last 2 years. Last year I was about to join and I hurt my knee. This year I was going to do it, but they changed the date of the tri to when I'm out of town. And somehow I wound up finding the Boulder Sunrise with Your Cause Sports. Basically, they provide the race and you get to use it as a fundraiser for a cause you believe in. Now, all the causes are for non-profits. After Cassandra passed away (The Loss Of A Friend), I knew I wanted to do something for her family. I lucked out in that the powers that be are letting me raise funds for this cause (it's not a non-profit).
Cassandra and I taught together. She left behind a husband and 3 small children. My goal is to raise $1,000. So far we have $50. (Thank you to whoever donated that!) I will match donations dollar for dollar. 100% of the money donated goes to her family. The place to go for this is: Tri For Torres
A little bit about my training thus far....
I don't particularly enjoy running, biking OR swimming. So naturally this is a GREAT idea. After I signed up for it, I texted my dad about it (he did tris when I was a little girl- awesome role model!) and he said "it's amazing what your body can do". I'm learning just how true that is.
People keep asking me how training is going. And the reality is that training for this race is like a freaking full time job. Seeing as how I already have 2 jobs, training hasn't been quite what it should be. But i'm doing my best and I guess that's all I can do.
I've actually been swimming the least. It's such an ordeal because there are only 2 lanes at the pool and they seem to always be full. And I just don't really like swimming. But oh well, it will get done. The funny thing about swimming though is that is when I feel Cassandra's presence the most. I know that through all the training she's with me and I know she'll be with me during the race. And that's the one thing that keeps me going.
I miss Cassandra every day and this is a way for me to feel close to her while helping out her family.
I'm off to do some more swimming- have a beautiful Saturday!