I rode my first solo bike ride today. And I have to admit, I spent most of my time admiring the backsides of those riders blowing past me. While I didn't mind the rear views of some (bikers are in great shape!), it still messed with my head a bit. First I started to blame my lack of training... then I went on to think that perhaps my bike isn't fancy enough. Yeah, that's it, it's the BIKE that's slower than those other riders. Then there was the moment when my bike almost tipped over and took me with it as I waited at a red light (enjoy that embarrassing mental picture!)
As a competitive person, it's hard to admit and accept that I'm slower than other people. But the great thing about the triathlon is that I have both strengths and weaknesses. Of those on the Team, I'm one of the strongest swimmers. While I'm no Nemo, I watch others struggle as I'm swimming fairly easily... then it's my turn to encourage them and remind them that while I might pull ahead initially in the swim, they'll surely pass me in either the bike or the run.
One guy today encouraged me as he passed me... twice. At that point I was trying not to count how many times he'd passed, but appreciate his encouragement and remember that I'm doing my best.
Then as I'm loading my bike in the car, I hear someone say "Go Team" (I'm wearing my Team in Training jersey). She stops and tells me she's training for her sixth event with Team in Training. Then I remember what it's REALLY all about... raising money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and helping those families, like mine, affected by the disease. I miss my mom every day and as Mother's Day approaches on Sunday, it only intensifies those feelings. But it's a powerful feeling knowing that I'm honoring her memory in such a positive way.
I'm proud to be a part of the Team and excited for the challenges that my last month of training will bring. GO TEAM!