Thursday, July 29, 2010

Why I Do It

A big group of people I know did the Chisago tri - mostly from my kettlebells class. But three ladies are very special to me. My friends Krista, Cindy, and Laurette are all gals that I met professionally and somehow managed to convince to do the tri. These are not people who are OCD about working out like some of the rest of us. They decided to do the training and do the tri. Post-race Monday led to this e-mail exchange:

Hello all of my Extreme Friends,
I just wanted to thank you all for pushing me to do the Tri. Although I believe I may have been cursing you at some point during the race (j/k), I am proud of myself for completing it! You all are my “Extreme Friends”.

When do you guys want to do another one?
(really, this is what you expect from me, right?)

You name the date. Your groupies will follow. You're the leader of the pack! No iron man though!

You are Extreme!
I believe Krista and Cindy were going to be doing the Chisago Tri next year???
I think that Heather needs to do the Half-Ironman!

I was home yesterday recuperating :-) Adam and I both had such a great time. I said I would never do it again but now I am not so sure... Adam is already researching training plans. Many thanks to each of you for pushing me to train, and keeping me motivated, and encouraging me when I had so many doubts. The sweetest part of the whole event was getting to the finish line and having you all there waiting for me along with my wonderful son. That is a moment I will never ever forget. Thanks again.

I feel so inspired by these ladies, and so lucky to have friends that will say YES when I say, "Hey, how about we do this . . ." And that part about me needing to do a half-ironman? Yes, I think I do.


joyRuN said...

It's awesome to have fellow crazies who do this nonsense with us ;)

Oooooh, 70.3!!!

Marlene said...

They have caught the bug! So awesome to share it with friends.

Jill said...

Yes, I think you need a half Ironman, too :). You are a true inspiration to all! Have a great weekend!!

Katie A. said...

I'm so jealous you have friends willing to tortue themselves to hang out with you! But, you are a pretty awesome chic so I can see why :)
And YES! A half iron is soooo doable! I can't wait to see what you decide! Happy Friday! said...

I am so excited to meet you in Baxter!!!! My "Extreme Friends" read your blog as well and were pumped that you will be there! Have a great weekend!

DRog said...

I love that you have inspired other "normies" haha

I love that your training seems to have taken on new life since May?? It seems in your writing / words there is a certain level of excitement.


Jeri said...

You're such an inspiration....those emails are so sweet! I think a half ironman is also in my future. I think I'll wait until I'm a bit burnt out from running, however. :)

Diana said...

Triathlons are just like potato can't have just one!!
Congrats on getting "bit" by the tri bug!
Train hard with them kettlebells and you'll notice those triathlons going easier and easier for you!

Julie said...

Holy crap did you just tell us that you are doing a half Ironman!?! Respect is what I have for you Heather:) Wau to be the leader of the pack and inspire your friends! Enjoy your weekend!

Beth said...

It's wonderful when you have a group that inspires each other. Now is a great time to think about doing a half iron either late this season or next season. Very exciting!

Anne said...

What a great post...I love that everyone went along and got a good dose of how great it feels :)

LMC said...

I guess we all agree, you are inspiring! I definitely see that half ironman in your future. Who knows, you may be able to convince others to go there with you. Hope you had a good weekend!

Anonymous said...

You have what is called the "tri-bug" :)

Jess said...

It's great that you have good friends to share such an experience with!

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