After 25+ years of running my knees were shot. No more running. Finished. The knees ached even to walk. With a less than optimal level of activity, coupled with age and no longer being able to run, I inched towards a personal all-time high weight of nearly 200 pounds. A sense of ill health and some real health-related scares catapulted me into action. Seven knee surgeries later---including a cartilage transplant on one knee and partial joint replacement on the other---I committed to a personal challenge by entering a sprint triathlon. I hadn’t ridden a bike in decades—but who forgets how to ride a bike? The run would be the most fun part although the orthopedic surgeon warned against it. The swim portion was undoubtedly the true challenge. Having never swam a full 25 yards, I faced my fears and took the plunge. Since that first sprint in 2011, I have competed in multiple half and full marathons, Olympic distance, off-road, half, and full iron triathlon events.
By early 2014, I was secretly eyeing Ironman Boulder and started looking at the possibility of acquiring a triathlon coach. Fortunately, I found TriDot and eagerly participated in the Feedback Program. Years later I continue to be motivated by the TriDot training system and still feel the butterflies with each new swim, bike, or run assessment. I may not ever qualify for Kona, but I am glad to say that through five years of TriDot training guidance, I have remained free from injury, am 60 pounds lighter, and have increased my composite “dots” by 23! Never say impossible!
In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing- Theodore Roosevelt
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