Post by Theresa, a member of Rex Wellness Center of Garner. Theresa completed her first half-marathon about six months ago! Her next goal is to compete in Garner’s Inaugural Sprint Triathlon on July 14th, with the guidance of Rodney Jenkins, our “Garner Ironman”. Theresa is blogging about her experiences as a first-time triathlete-in-training to hopefully inspire others to try it! When she has time off from work and isn’t at Rex Wellness Center, Theresa likes to go to the beach and hang out with friends.
With just a few days to go before my first triathlon I feel well-trained and ready. Rodney has been away for a few weeks but he’s been checking in on my progress via the internet. In his absence, his wife Angie and the rest of my support team made sure there was no slacking on my part.
I feel like I’m continuing to get better on the bike each week. Shannon (one of my fellow wellness center members) has been there from day one helping me with cycling and he’s a great teacher. Thanks to all of that training, just this last weekend I went on my longest ride at 31 miles around Jordan Lake with Angie, James, and Rebecca. It was so much fun.I have spent much time practicing in the pool. Since I couldn’t swim at all too many months ago, getting through this part will be a major accomplishment for me personally. The plan is to stay relaxed and not to panic.
Of course Angie and I have still been running together from her house when our schedules permit. One Friday a group of six of us ran together from the wellness center. That was fun too. My final long run before the triathlon was a solo run last Saturday. It gave me chance to reflect on all the special people that have come into my life over the last couple of years as well as the newer ones in the last couple of months that have given so much of their time for me to improve myself and help me with this training program. I could never thank them enough or list all their names but I cross paths with them at the Garner Wellness Center and they know who they are!
Finally, this event will be special because so many people I know will be there in the crowd. Some might be doing their tenth and some their first like me. I’m not really competing against any of them, just myself. Everybody will be cheering for each other. It should be a fun day!