Remember the book, The Little Engine That Could, written by Watty Piper? It was one of my kids' favorites about a train of toys that desperately needed an engine to take them over the mountain so they can deliver toys and food to the children on the other side. When none of the big, important engines will help, the Little Blue Engine comes along to save the day. As she inches up the steep hill, she's chanting her mantra: "I think I can; I think I can."
And that's how it was for Team TriEverything. For 90 days we swam and biked and ran and said, "I think I can; I think I can." It wasn't always pretty, but little by little we turned into triathletes.
In the end, all 7 of us finished the race strong with 4 of us winning age class awards. Here's a quick team summary provided by my bff Terry:
Awesome Annie, a newcomer to swimming, showed us her transformation when she swam across the lake that she, her husband and son live on. Calm and inspirational, she placed 17th overall and 3rd in her age group.
Sassy Shawn surprised herself — but not her team — by placing 32nd overall and 4th in her age group. In just 90 days, Shawn transformed from being afraid of the water to such a strong swimmer that she led the yellow caps in the open water on race day and became a role model for her teenage daughter, who watched with the hopes of becoming a triathlete written all over her face.
Dynamo Diane, a lean-mean-fighting-machine, was our expert when it came to all things triathlon. The TriGodess was her 4th triathlon and she excelled in the water as well as on land. Diane's power-packed arms and legs carried her to the finish line in 33rd place overall and 3rd in her age group.
Laughin-out-loud Leslie cheered on her team and was in total shock when she found out that she placed 34th overall and 3rd in her age category. She laughed at this since she "jokingly" mentioned the night before the race that she wanted to place in the top three... wish granted!
Timely Tammy had a personal goal to complete her race in 2:00, and SHE DID! She was eager to show her co-workers her medal since some doubted her by saying, “You won’t be at work on Monday.” Steady and determined was her race.
Terrific Terry achieved her personal goals to not "freak out" in open water and to finish in less than 1:30. Her wishes were double granted. When she heard Sassy Shawn yell, “GO TERRY GO!,” she knew that was her clue to sprint in to the finish line for a 10th place age class finish in 1:24. Her support team was Chef David, husband extraordinaire. and their daughter and son-in-law.
Henry Ford has been quoted as saying, "If you think you can or think you can't, your right." We thought we could, and we did. Bravo Tri Sisters! I'm proud of you.
Tri Goddess Leslie