Today I am taking a different road for my weekly email.

More self-reflection.

 

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

Tenacity.

 

It clicked in a whole new way for me today.

 

Tenacity.

 

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

with ease,

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,

 

Tenacity