No, not me.
Last weekend, my friend Kelli braved Sam Houston Jones State Park and the July T-Gator Triathlon in Lake Charles, LA!
Prior to cheering on my friend, I had not observed a Tri before. I’ll admit – I was curious and intrigued, but knew that a Tri wasn’t in the cards for me (and still isn’t). I’m not saying that I “can’t” do it. I know that I can learn to swim properly if I really want to….but I just don’t think it’s for me.
Also, most open water swims in Louisiana are in…yeah…”that” water. No thank you – once again, not for me.
I think my point is well proven here. (Hopefully the Triathletes made enough ruckus to keep the alligators at bay!)
As the athletes began their swim, I couldn’t help but feel a sense of amazement. In total, these athletes completed a 525 meter swim, a 15 mile bike ride, and a 2.5 mile run. Talk about a “total body” workout!
We watched as athlete after athlete switched gear in the transition area – trading swim caps and goggles for biking helmets, struggling to pull dry biking shoes on wet feet, changing biking shoes for running shoes – it was a lot of work!
However, most of the Triathletes finished with a smile on their face!
Did I instantly become inspired to train and compete in a Tri? No.
Was I amazed and in awe of the athletes who competed, the rigorous hours these athletes put into training, and the seemingly flawless way they made the race look easy? YES.
I could not have been more proud of my friend Kelli! I know she put a lot of hard work into training for this race and it showed – she beat her goal time!
What an amazing accomplishment!
I am in awe of Kelli and ALL of the athletes who competed in the T-Gator Triathlon!! Congratulations!!
P.S. – If competing in Triathlons, Half Iron Mans, or Iron Mans is your thing, I think you are incredible! :0)