I am so hungry for something I cannot seem to find to feed me. It is a place of spiritual resting where the presence of love and peace allows for the fulfilment of my dreams to seed into my soul. A weekly or monthly place to rest and listen. My races help with this journey and empty my cup of past practices and allow for the filling of new and white light and energy. Well ... the day is done! The Sprint is now checked off on my bucket list. A Sprint is a 750 m. swim, 30 km. bike ride, and a 7 km. run. It was a brutal wind today and we woke up to 4 degrees. Headed to Guelph by 6 AM with little Owen packed in with the bikes! He didn't mind, he goo'd and ga'd all the way to Caledon when we stopped and fed him! He is a trooper.
This was a hard race for me! It was hard work, simply said. I did finish however my lack of commitment to training showed in a big way. It took me 3 hours and one minute to complete. It was the first triathlon swim I have done because the two shorter tri-a-tri races I was in the swim was cancelled. Once because of lightening and the second time because of bacteria levels in the water. Today, this hefty swim of 750 m. was my first. I did the swim in 22 minutes. Coming out of the water with no glasses on and having just worked your way through 17 degree water with other swimmers around you, it feels a little disorienting.
At this particular venue, you then run uphill to the transition zone. It is challenging to say the least. Family will know this term, Raynaud's (ray-NOHZ) disease causes some areas of your body — such as your fingers and toes — to feel numb and cold in response to cold temperatures or stress. In Raynaud's disease, smaller arteries that supply blood to your skin narrow, limiting blood circulation to affected areas (vasospasm). I suffer from this so at this point, my feet were like little stumps! So I took the time at the transition zone, massaged them before I put my socks on to continue and changed into riding gear over my wet bathing suit.
The bike ride was so beautiful and the day was lovely. Even in the challenge of biking against a strong wind I kept taking the time to marvel at the beauty around me. However, the wind was fierce and I found even down hill I was peddling like a duck trying to swim up Niagara Falls! I never got out of the easiest gear sequence for the whole 30 kms. I walked a couple of hills to conserve my strength. My old Raleigh is truly not meant for this kind of riding! It took me 1 hr and 35 minutes to complete and I got a police escort at the turnaround! Pays to be last of the hardworking racers. I found myself meditating in the moment and simply thinking about one step at a time. Listening to Pema Chodrun and simply staying in the moment. Thinking not about if I was tired from the swim and thinking not that after this hard physical journey I would then need to strike out on foot for a further 7 kms. Spiritually I was strong and in the moment listening for messages while exhausting the physical energy out of the way to let the spirit come through. It was invigorating.
The run was awesome! 7 kms through the park. I loved every minute. I was tired however optimistic as each time I passed the base/transition there was my daughter, Danielle and my wee Owen, cheering me on! The run took me 55 minutes.
It was a great day and the first of many as now I have the job of getting stronger, faster and better! How about you? Did you do something today that will make you stronger, faster and better?
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