Monday, September 10, 2012

It is 5:38 a.m. the morning after I finished my first full distance (140.6) triathlon. I am sitting in the dark with ice on my knee listening to my family sleep all around me, but sleep will not come to me. I am tired and sore and proud and happy and overwhelmed with the amount of support, cheers, words of encouragement, heartfelt messages, and more all of you have sent, tweeted, facebooked, and texted.

I will write up a race report with the nitty gritty, but I just wanted to write a few things that I've been thinking about.

Yesterday was a day of magic and joy and gratitude for me. It was about trust and determination and believing in myself. I thought of so many people to help get me through. I smiled and I laughed and there were a few tears of joy in there as well. More than my finish time or place, which I am overjoyed with, I am the most proud that I stayed positive and had fun the whole day. That's not to say there weren't challenging moments (there were a few!), but I wanted to live yesterday like my last breath was a breath away, and I absolutely did that.


9 comments :

  1. I thought about you all day and was so excited to see your post when you finished! Congratulations!

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  2. I hope I can believe in myself enough to do what you did yesterday! You are such an inspiration to triathletes, to women and to moms--it's not easy, and you got it done.
    Good for you!!!

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  3. Great job Kelly girl...we were thinking of you all day and trying to track you...congratulations.
    Sharon and Gary Lewton

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  4. I am so very proud of you! You will sleep better nights 2 or 3 after the race. I was thinking of you ALL day yesterday! Congrats!

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  5. I looked for you ALL DAY but never saw you. SO glad you had such a wonderful day! Congratulations!

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  6. That first night of sleep never happens!!! So excited for you Kelly. You did amazing out there. Take the next few days to just soak it all in!!!

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  7. Congratulations Kelly. Though we've never met in person, I am so proud of your accomplishment and hope to someday be able to join you! You will be one of my many inspirations! Hope you get a good nap today, too.

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  8. Congrats teammate! Enjoy all the glory of finishing that first 140.6...I can only imagine.

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  9. I have loved reading about your journey!! Congrats on an AMAZING race!

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Woo-hoo!! I want to hear from you!

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