Monday, September 17, 2007

About Me Tri Style

My name is Tea, and I'm tri-aholic.

WOW. That was so cleansing.

Last year was my first year doing Tri's. But, well, I had this unfortunate accident involving a staircase and concrete floor which left me with a broken heel. That happened last March. I was unable to run again until this spring, and I was only able to run distances within the past two months or so of this year.

I continued doing tri's once my cast came off, but I had to limp through the run. If you think sprints are fast races, you've never been to one of mine where I'm pulling off a 1:00 5k. I'm pretty sure Mr. Tea was very thankful when the off season came.

Since that time, I've completed alot of sprints, an oly, one back to back, and (this past weekend), my first 70.3.

Oh, I should probably mention this: I come from a running background. I ran track in HS and ran on a college scholarship for my incredible speed in the 10 mile race. Ok, actually, I was the only one who could run 10 miles, and the school needed a prescence in that race. I've always been a non-competitive swimmer growing up near the ocean, and I've always done bike tours. I just don't know why it took me so long to put them all together.

I never thought I could do an IM race. I'd read race reports and think, "well yeah, that's THEM not me." Then, one morning right before the CDA registration opened, I thought, "I can do that."

For the longest time, I felt like I was "faking" my way through triathlons. Over the past two month, I have really grown in my mental toughness and confidence. Even Mr. Tea commented this past weekend, that I've learned to push past certain pain thresholds now. I know I'm good at the swim; my run is ok and getting better; my bike sucks. Now, I have to take all that info and raise it up a few more levels in order to be ready for CDA.

Let's not forget the family unit: Mr. Tea, Jman, and AK. They are my Sherpa's/Photogs. Everytime I toe the line, I feel like a professional triathlete with my own band of groupies.


Di aka "Mrs Bigun" said...

Hey Girlfriend!! Great to see you here. Looking forward to seeing you turn that HalfIM into a stand alone IM!!! Woohoo!!!

Duane said...

You were not faking yesterday! You were TOUGH!

bigmike600 said...

Nice to meet you and I look forward to meeting the family and ringing the cowbell loudly and proudly. I hope to do a half iron next year.

momo said...

tea - you're one of "those"... :-) you know, the runners who started when they were younger and make it look so EASY. i so wish i was one!

so glad you decided to tackle the big im this year. you CAN do it, you are right!!

GeekGirl said...

All-together now..."HI, TEA!"