Trek Women
February 20, 2008

Tri that again...

Beke_finish_primeThis past Saturday, I’m lying on the couch surrounded by a mound of wadded up tissues. I had succumbed to the office bug and felt horrible. The phone rings and it’s Becky telling me to turn on NBC, the annual broadcast about the Ironman World Championship in Kona was on. Raise your hand if you’ve seen it. This is must-see TV because it’s not about the grueling race and who came in first—though that’s pretty exciting. It’s more about the everyday people who step up to the starting line ready to show the world and themselves the kind of stuff they’re made of.

For more than an hour, Becky and I watched the show together over the phone, crying our eyes out for Scott Rigsby, the first above-the-knee double amputee to finish, and Charlie Plaskon, the blind 64-year-old grandfather, who ran and finished the race tethered to a guide to show his grandkids what you can accomplish when you put your mind to it. I was touched by pro, Rutger Beke (who finished #4 in 2006), suffering from the damage of a tendon injury, walked the marathon to place #898 instead of dropping out. He said, “I don’t think it’s very respectful of those people [the age-group competitors] to just quit when it’s not going your way.” By the time the last person crossed the finish line to beat the midnight cut-off, my tissue mountain was enormous.

Feeling inspired, I went online and officially signed up to compete in the Accenture Chicago Triathlon International Distance again this summer. I’d been thinking I was going to race it; but, hadn’t actually 100% committed myself to it. Honestly, I was kind of burned out after the event last year. Did I really want to dedicate my life to training like that again? Watching Ironman was just the motivation I needed. Now, I’ve got 185 days to get my stuff in shape. The starting line awaits.

Comments

So glad to know that there are other crazies out there who can get emotional and riveted to watching an Ironman on TV. Jeff still thinks I'm nuts but it's always inspiring to watch the drama unfold. Only 29 days until Spring and then the real training can kick in. . . .
-tri-ing with ya,
Jen

Posted by: Jen | Feb 20, 2008 10:45:24 AM

I love watching those things... it injects in me a real desire to get out and DO! I missed it, though.

Posted by: Sue | Feb 20, 2008 12:37:18 PM

Swim...bike...run...repeat....we are in it all together and loving it...happy tri-training!!! Lori

Posted by: lori | Feb 21, 2008 9:00:11 AM

Really inspiring words Laura!

"It’s more about the everyday people who step up to the starting line ready to show the world and themselves the kind of stuff they’re made of."

The words really describe you and the other Trek women. You not only challenge yourselves but you model for all of us what can be accomplished. I'll never run a race but I can take my banged up knees for a walk. Thanks for the inspiration!

Love,
Mom

Posted by: Susan MacLean | Feb 21, 2008 9:32:17 AM

Just wait for the Olympics this August! Those athletes are always motivating and inspiring. You'll be really glad you signed up for the Chicago Tri.

Posted by: Becky | Feb 21, 2008 9:44:31 AM

Oh my gosh -- the Olympics profiles!! Love those. I think being a producer of those segments would be on my list of dream jobs.

Mom, you've given me a great idea for an upcoming blog. Hmmmm. Maybe I'll have time to write it tonight.

XXXOOO
Laura

Posted by: Laura | Feb 21, 2008 4:58:03 PM

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