I suppose it’s time to write a blog post considering I have so much going on. I just finished my 6th half marathon, bought my first bike, aaannnnnddd signed up for a triathlon! Ahhhh! I can’t believe I actually am going to do it. Am I scared to death? Yes. Am I having heart palipitations? Yes. Am I going to do it anyway? Heck yes! (said in my best Napoleon Dynamite voice)
The way I look at it I can’t expect my students to do things that are unfamiliar and scary to them unless I do that myself. I started taking Master swim over 2 months ago just so I could do a tri. Yes, swimming is hard, but the saying goes, “It never gets easier, you just get better” and I have found that I have gotten better. Not mastered, but better. I have found that to be true with many things in life so one must persevere.
The half marathon was great. It was a pretty run through the mountains. It was a net downhill but there was quite a bit of uphill, as well. I got a new PR, which is always good. Now if I can just get under 1:50. There’s always another goal, another mountain to climb. That’s what keeps life exciting and keeps us going, isn’t it? If you’re not an athlete, maybe it’s a new job, more kids, or a bigger house.
The bike was…interesting to say the least. The first time I rode it I fell over about 4 times in a parking lot because I didn’t know how to get my shoe unclipped from the pedal. It was stressful and frustrating. Again, I remember kids at school, especially those who struggle. It’s not a good feeling knowing that you are doing something wrong but can’t figure out how to do it right.
I was scared to get back on the bike after that but I knew that it hadn’t been that bad falling and was nothing I couldn’t handle. So, I got back on it a few hours later. My sweet, patient friend, Jenna, talked me through getting my shoes clipped in and clipped out. Guess what? I didn’t fall once and it was FUN! I know that there will be more tumbles on down the road but for now I am comfortable riding the thing…and that’s just what I’ll have to do for 16.3 miles in Lenoir City!
Courage and perseverance have a magic talisman, before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish into the air. ~ John Quincy Adams
|Here’s my new bike 🙂|