I am doing an Olympic distance Triathlon in Indianapolis on August 4th !!
I could tell I was definitely on a runner’s high from my PAIN FREE 6 mile run on Monday, because I am pretty sure I made the decision to sign up for an Olympic Triathlon (Tri Indy), that is in less than 4 weeks, without a second thought…. I would have signed up Monday night but my mom for some reason was thinking that that weekend we are going to go on 1 of 4 possible mini vacay’s to either a lake house, smoky mountains, hiking lodge…. ya. To be honest I don’t think any of these will happen and it is just her way of raining on my parade (see below for exactly why this is the case…) Regardless of the reason, I was able to convince her to let me sign up for my first Olympic Distance Triathlon on August 4th!! So pumped!!
Speaking of races…there are so many races and athletic endeavors that I want to complete!! A Half-Ironman, and Full Ironman, more Marathons, an Ultra, Grand Canyon Rim-to-Rim, Leadville Marathon, Great Wall of China Marathon… I could go on all day!!
My mom (and sometimes my dad) seem to really dislike fitness events that seem “hard” or “extreme” by their standards because they are worried about my health. They just don’t think I have enough “umph” (i.e. weight/strength/proper nutrition) to be safe and healthy to do some of the things I propose. Honestly, it was a miracle that I convinced them that I was OK to do another Marathon. Because of this, many races/events I dream about stay as dreams, rather than becoming realities.
You might be thinking, “Come on Andrea, you are 23 years old. Do you really still have to do what your parents say??” Well, actually, kind of… Yes. And this is because I respect and love my mom and dad so much. My dad is generously helping me out financially with my apartment and grad school, and they still take me (and my sister) on vacations where they pay for us, they are letting me stay with them for my job in Indianapolis this summer… I guess I still feel very dependent on them, but also very respectful of the power they still have over me. Things will change once I graduate, but for now… yes, I still need their approval/permission to do things if for nothing else than to dodge an argument and keep the great family dynamic I am lucky enough to have!
I too realize that in order for me to physically complete these longer endurance events SAFELY, I will need to get stronger, more powerful, and over-all healthier. I am and always have been a girl of extremes who jumps into challenges full force. So for my parents to worry when I propose longer, harder, activities which they know I will kill my body in order to complete, it is only natural and to be expected.
And I love them for this.
What events do you dream of doing???
Anyone/thing holding you back?
What do i wear for my Triathlon?!?!!? Help!!!