Friday, February 6, 2009

A Tri Sermon

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think on these things. Philippians 4:8

Brothers (and sisters): My fellow triathletes of all shapes and sizes, sprint finishers to Ironmen, and those who have the desire but have yet to finish.

Whatever is true: The sport of triathlon is the best sport. A trinity of three equally challenging but very different sports, brought together to form a symbiotic race of endurance, skill and raw guts.

Whatever is noble: The first person who crosses the finish line, the last person who crosses the finish line, and the person who tried but didn't make it.

Whatever is right: Training smart and training well.

Whatever is pure: The feeling of your heart beating in the 10 seconds before the race begins; the pride you feel when you catch a glimpse of the numbers on your arm the day after a race.

Whatever is lovely: A completely empty pool; a beautiful sunrise on a morning ride; the first warm day of the season; the feeling that a run could last forever and that would be okay.

Whatever is admirable: Starting the race, any race, any distance; sacrificing for your training; pushing through the pain to cross the finish line; making the decision to tri.

If anything is excellent and praiseworthy: Please feel free to put your most proud training or racing moment here.

Think on these things.


  1. beautifully written, Kelly.
    my most proud racing moment: PRing at the Richmond Marathon and finally breaking 4 hours [3:53:13]. I was so drained at the end that I could barely walk and knew that I left all I had on that 26.2 mi course.

  2. That's awesome -- wineglass marathon? sounds awesome. :)

  3. Kelly
    Beautiful. One of my favorite moments was watching a friend, she plays the flute, cross the line at Cazenovia. I think you know her.

  4. My favorite "moment" was having my wife's 19 year old overweight cousin live with us last summer so that we could teach him how to eat healthier and exercise. He ran his first triathlon in September and lost 70 pounds. He has since run three more triathlons!


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