Recently, I had a friend mention they really enjoyed an article I wrote previously and would like to see it again. I do enjoy making my friends happy so the following is that article.
Life is full of them. I am learning, as a newbie triathlete, that they
are almost as dreaded in this sport as they are in real life. We figure
out our swim time, bike time and run time and often forget about the
transition time. I am beginning to think transition time in triathlons
is like the last .2 of a marathon – often forgotten, almost always a
bite in the butt at the end.
But transition need not be
that way. It need not be the bane of our existence. As we change from
one thing to another it can be the source of great comfort and
happiness. As I make the transition into taking on more triathlons and
enjoying the new and exciting rush of entering a sport that I know so
little about, I could be filled with dread. I know I sometimes get
frustrated with all of the rules. In running, you put on your shoes
(sometimes not even those), line up at the start and go. Triathlons
require much more planning, much more preparedness. There is simply so
much more to know. Yet I welcome the change.
weekend I competed in my first Ironman 70.3 in Boise, ID. For the
uninitiated, that is 1.2 miles of swimming, 56 miles of cycling and 13.1
miles of running. Aside from a little wind on the bike course, the
weather somehow shifted and changed perfectly for me along the way; warm
when I wanted it to be, cloudy when I needed it to be. The Idaho Beef
Council was out supporting me and some 75 other members of Team Beef on
the course, which was an unbelievably fantastic boost whenever I needed
it. The camaraderie was great amongst everyone competing regardless of
whom they were racing for. Rarely is such a transition so smooth.
transitions in life are like when I went from the swim to the bike.
With my feet freezing from the 52-degree water, I thought the pain in my
toes would go away soon on the bike. I did not realize the pain was
from the spare handlebar caps I put in my shoes and forgot to take out.
But I soon figured out what the cause of my problem was and fixed it.
That is like most transitions in life. Problems are presented, usually
painful ones, and only after trial and error do we come to a solution.
with these transitions we know we must go through them to get to what
waits on the other side. We must persevere and push forward, or the next
leg of our journey will never begin. The best way to do so is to ignore
distractions, focus on only what is needed in order to move forward and
then do just that.
Afterward, the transition period in
life seems just like it does in triathlon- a small and annoying part of
the overall journey that we soon forget about.