The modern woman. We are told that we can do it all. We can have a career, be an athlete, pursue our passions and have a family. There’s always the next goal to achieve, the next race, the career milestone, the next adventure.
It’s probably unfair to call myself a “novice” when it comes to endurance sports. So let’s just say I’m green, the brightest green you can imagine. I have a lot to learn and lots of room to grow. Some days feel like I’ve never ridden a bike before, swam 100 meters or run a mile. Each step harder than the one before. Then there are those days when my bike is an extension of my body, where I can look down from my aero bars and see the power coming from my legs. Swimming sometimes feels less like dying and I’m running on feather light feet with ease. Triathlon is such a journey, especially for us ‘green’ folks. I started racing triathlon 3 years ago and the transformation I’m constantly witnessing is incredible. Something within me has started to shift. I’m no longer nervous to pull up my Training Peaks to see what the week has in store, now I’m excited! At the end of the 2016 season, I met with my coach to talk about my goals for the following year. We decided it was time to harness that excitement and thus began “MY YEAR OF YES’!Read more “Sarah McLean – My Year of Saying Yes Led Me to this Crazy Race Called SwimRun”
How does someone who was a shy, scrappy kit turn into a strong, confident woman who at fifty-three decides to embark on a year of adventure? Today’s podcast guest, Pam LeBlanc shares her adventurous story.
There is one special picture that I keep on my phone. It’s a picture of my friend and I being silly, our backs turned to the camera, with one hand holding the other’s rump. We had just finished a hike with our boyfriends and decided to take a photo to prove to the internet that it had actually happened. I don’t keep this picture in my phone library because it’s of some magical memory or too cute to delete. I keep it because it’s the first photo I saw of myself and realized how far I had fallen into the abyss of my eating disorder. The picture was taken from directly behind us so there was no hiding the inches separating my toothpick-sized thighs. Where had my thighs gone? Read more “Cori James: Triathlon Gave Me the Power to Overcome an Eating Disorder”