Trek Women
September 3, 2008

Carpe tri-em...

Race_end_2_2 Seize the tri. For the last couple of months, I’ve been consumed by the thought -– do I really want to do the Chicago Triathlon? Months out as I was struggling to balance work and working out -- do I really want it? As I was trying to motivate myself to get in the pool –- can I even do it again? As I was renting a wetsuit and emailing my good friend Greg Neyspor who owns Trek Bicycles Downers Grove (a wonderful Trek store outside of Chicago) to borrow a bike for the race –- how bad do I really want to do this? As I was picking up my race packet and getting bodymarked then hopping in a rental car at 4 am the next morning, already exhausted, to go set up my transition area –- why do I really want to do this?

Money aside (and it wasn’t cheap when you add up the race fees, rental fees, gear, parking), I knew I wasn’t going to do as well as last year. I am just not at the same fitness level and weight as I was and I didn’t have the same passion about doing the race. I tried to change my distance from Olympic to Sprint; but I was too late. It was swim .93 miles, bike 22 miles, run 6.2 miles or nothing.

The question that was really haunting me was –- am I a quitter or a completer? If there’s one thing I know about myself is that I finish what I start. But, I was feeling like my reasons for stepping up to the starting line had nothing to do with what would make me happy and more about not being a disappointment  -– to myself, to my family and friends and even you all in the blogosphere.

Transition_area_2 I remember emailing Marie before she did her Lance Armstrong event –- I told her, it doesn’t matter how fast you go, simply enjoy the ride. Nice talk, too bad it’s so hard for me to take my own advice. I always strive to do better and this time, better performance was not going to be the result.

Staring over the murky Lake Michigan water, squeezed into my wetsuit, as dawn was breaking, I reminded myself to seize the tri and try my best. It was going to be okay if I swam breaststroke the entire time, biked slower and walked part of the run. I’m a completer. And that’s what I did.

I don’t know what my times were, don’t care. I’ve got my Chicago Triathlon medal that says I’m a Finisher.

*My thanks to Greg and the gang at Trek Bicycles Downers Grove for loaning me that sweet little WSD Madone 4.7! You’re the best.

That's my Mom, my Aunt Beth, Becky and Paddy with me in the photo.

Comments

Congrats Laura! Awesome job!

Posted by: AKM | Sep 3, 2008 12:43:26 PM

Great work Laura! I have yet to even attempt a triathlon, so you are so much cooler than me. Good job for starting when you didn't want to and finishing when it was tough. You rock!

Posted by: Stephanie Brodegard | Sep 3, 2008 8:20:51 PM

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