I have a secret. Only one other person has known about it since January. Some would say it is silly that I kept this a secret, but you know how we all have those “BHAG’s” (Big Hairy Audacious Goals)? Well, this is one of mine. And, to be looking at reaching this goal – well, it just simply makes me cry. I told the girls about it a few weeks ago, and then a couple of YMCA buddies. Now, I will tell you. For me, that is the final step in saying “yes, I will do this”.
So, you ask…what is this secret? The secret is…….I am competing in a triathlon on April 21. It is a Sprint Triathlon (300m swim (shorter than usual) / 20k bike / 5k run). I have been confident of the swim part for a long time now, as I competed on swim team in high school. Biking – well I can do that. Run – not so much. Thus, the running aspect of a triathlon, not to mention putting all three of those together in one race has kept me on the sidelines. A few years ago, I wrote down this BHAG and said that I wanted to compete in a triathlon by the time I was 40. Well, folks, that is this year. 🙂
In typical Chris fashion, I researched all the Sprint Tri’s in our area, found “Couch to Tri” plans that might work, and sat down and created a do-able schedule for myself from January 8 – April 20. I began my “training” and gave myself until March 1 to register for the Tri of my choosing. I figured by that time, I would know if I could really pull this off or not. It is now April 8 as I write this and I must say – I am pretty excited that I have made it this far and think
there is a very real possibility that I can complete this race! I will complete this race.
The running part still makes me nervous, and I do what I like to call a “wog” – walk/jog. I can keep a good pace consistently and each week I’ve gotten a little faster. Will you see me sprinting across the finish line? No. But, my goal isn’t to sprint. It is to finish this race.
So now the secret is out. I am sure I’ll write more as the days continue. But one thing – I do know I am now accountable to you and that I will do my best to finish this race because I want to be a woman of my word. And maybe along the way I can help someone else who has a BHAG….one step at a time.