Remember how I told you about a plan B? Well, It’s a good thing I had one! I wish I had photos of Zachary to share with you today, but I’m sorry to say that he was sick and unable to join me for the triathlon. I hope he feels better soon!
So, what was Plan B? It was to do my best in my first Tri in Zachary’s honor, cheer on the other Athletes in Tandem and get a finisher’s medal for Zach. Andrew was there to take tons of photos and support me. Jen and Bill even came to cheer me on! I can’t tell you how much I appreciated the support!
There were three other Athletes in Tandem teams there yesterday: Blake and Nick, Dennis and AJ, and Steve and Jack (his first triathlon)! Congratulations to all AiT participants! You inspire and ROCK!
Did you notice how happy these guys are? I can’t even begin to describe how much I love seeing their smiles! It is so amazing to be a part of an organization that provides them the opportunity to compete in races and be part of the excitement! If that is not motivational, then I don’t know what is!
There’s something awesome about being outside, getting fresh air and sunshine, being part of a big event, and doing something that promotes fitness and wellness. What’s better than that? Being able to share it with others!
OK, once again, I KNOW it looks like I was crying, but I SWEAR I wasn’t! I think I was just communicating my thoughts of how much harder that would have been pulling the raft! I could have done it, but I feel like I might still be swimming!
Besides, you have to admit, it’s a pretty funny picture! It’s good to laugh at ourselves once in a while! I’m still laughing!
I was even smiling here! I was so happy that my training paid off and I earned a finisher’s medal for Zachary! Thanks to my awesome coach, Wendy Mader of T2 Coaching for providing me encouragement, training plans and a great event to participate! Thanks to Dennis Vanderheiden and Athletes in Tandem for providing great opportunities to all of the athletes!
After eating, showering and returning my wetsuit, I went to visit Zachary. He was still not feeling well. I told him about the race, seeing his friends there, and gave him a Pelican Fest race shirt and our finisher’s medal! Despite being sick, he was happy to hear about his friends and especially happy to get the medal! Gretchen hung it on his wall in his room! I told him I’d be over soon to take him for a walk. I think it all cheered him up a little, which reconfirmed that today was totally worth it!
I look forward to participating in my next event with Zachary! I’m not sure which one that will be, but it’s time to start planning! Who wants to go biking with me tomorrow?