I am new to blogging. I like to write and talk about myself so blogging seems like a perfect fit for me. I have been doing triathlon for 31 years. I started out in life as the fat girl in school. I was never an athlete. I swam one season in high school (mostly because the high school had a hard time finding anyone that could actually swim). I also tried soccer one season but was told by the coach I didn’t run enough.
Then I lost 60 pounds and joined the Army. I was watching the 1982 Ironman with my then boyfriend and saw Julie Moss drag her ass across the finish line ending up second. I told my boyfriend “I want to try that.” He scoffed “you could never do that”. The next day I went out and financed a bicycle. I was a private at the time and making $496 a month so buying a $500 bike in 1983 was a big deal for me.
My first race was a biathlon (now known as duathlon). I didn’t know how to use the cage pedals so pedaled on top of them. Some people left their helmets on during the run to save transition time. I don’t remember how I did that race but I was hooked. I continued to do triathlon throughout my time in the Army and also did the San Francisco Marathon on a whim while I was at language school in that town.
Here I am 31 years later – solid middle of the pack triathlete – vying for the chance to go to Kona. I have many stories of this 3 decade journey to share with whoever. I am not an expert in anything but I do persevere.
I also know that I will begin to bore people if I tell the whole story at once. So My Plan is to feed my story in a humorous way to anyone that wants to read it week by week.