Today I am taking a different road for my weekly email.
Today was the day of our “full brick” for the triathlon I have been mentoring for.
For you non-triathletes, that means we did the full race,
swim, then bike, then run,
just for practice.
Well, before I go there, let me go back a ways.
You see, when I turned 50 years old
I was a mom, and a partner in a Physical Therapy clinic, a wife, a knitter, a reader, a gardener….
I was also 40# overweight and sluggish.
For some reason I decided that turning 50 would be a good occasion to do a “Century”,
which is a 100 mile bike ride in a single day.
That may qualify as a mid-life crisis,
But overall a healthy one.
Anyway, while accomplishing that goal I met a whole new group of people.
You might say they were crazy, but they loved to laugh and have fun, and better yet,
we always had beer for a recovery beverage after a long ride.
Often more than one.
My kind of people.
One day when I was almost finished with my second beer
someone suggested doing a triathlon the following year.
Wouldn’t you know, in my beer induced gaiety
that sounded like a great idea.
And that is where Coach Mo entered my life.
I was 51, still overweight, and not very fast on a bike.
She was able to envision a future for me that I couldn’t see for myself.
She taught me step by step
How to get into shape and
participate in 3 separate disciplines.
She showed up three days per week to train me
And wrote a detailed schedule of what to do on the remaining days.
She taught me to fix flat tires
How to nourish myself
And how to swim in a cluster of bodies.
She showed up to cheer me across the finish line.
So today, 7 years after starting with Coach Mo,
I’ve lost the 40#, finished multiple events, including a few long course triathlons, and discovered a whole new world.
She reminded me I have always said my superpower was
It clicked in a whole new way for me today.
That means keeping my eye on the finish line and not getting thrown off my saddle,
or drowned in uncertainty.
When you are on a journey To somewhere you have never been before,
Whether it is being able to maintain your ideal weight
start a new career,
or find the love of your life,
It is amazing to have a coach by your side.
One who can see the road ahead and keep your feet on the path.
When you are just starting out
Find a coach who can teach you the skills you will need to
Achieve your big goal.
So, big shout out;
Thanks to Coach Mo for getting me across my own finish line,
and reminding me the road ahead is just another chance to practice my superpower,