This past weekend I was in Florida, watching a few of my homeys participate in their first ever triathlon. I'd never actually spectated at a triathlon before, though I've watched a ton of Ironmen (is that right?) on TV, so it was pretty cool watching people go at it. Dealing with all that gear, and the transitions and everything seemed like way too much trouble for someone who's used to just lacing up and taking off.
I actually felt sorry for them because the weather was a bitch. The Bay was tossing swimmers all over the place, which is something us runners never have to contend with, and there was a constant headwind on the bike course, which we can definitely appreciate.
One of the peeps I was cheering for was Kendra, who has graciously allowed me to re-post the following note. I loved it, because I think it will remind all of us what it was like when we stepped to the line for our first 5k, or half marathon, or marathon, or maybe triathlon:
It is a comforting moment when we suddenly realize that our commitment to race, to participate in something so important to us-our dream-will be actualized. We have made it to the starting line. In this moment, the probability that we will do the event reaches 100 percent…So congratulations to everyone who participated this weekend, and congratulations to Team In Training for raising something like $1.8mm with this race.
The journey to this day has taught me so much about myself it’s unbelievable. I can’t thank my friends and family enough who have whole-heartedly supported me throughout this process both mentally and monetarily. I wouldn’t be doing this if it wasn’t for all of you and I feel blessed to wake up every day in good health, with the support of a loving family, amazing friends and teammates whom I’ve come to admire…especially those who have battled Cancer, are survivors and continue to fight every day.
I am only one person, but one day at a time, I am working for change and I know that makes a difference to someone. In a few hours my battle and race will end; but for some it will just be beginning because every 4 minutes; one person is diagnosed with a blood cancer…
Time to close this chapter of a journey that is just beginning…heading to the start to race for a cure!!!
You're all an inspiration!
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