I know what she did this summerCarissa completed her first triathlon in September, The Nations Triathlon in Washington D.C. with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training. She trained for months and, crossed the finished line in honor of all individuals who are battling not just blood cancers but any type of cancer.
I have wanted to participate in a triathlon for a couple of years now. I actually won an entry for the Seattle Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon this past June and it prompted me to join Team in Training.
Swimming was my life from elementary through high school. I was on a very competitive team and the water is home to me. Running is by far the biggest challenge! It was the reason I held off from doing triathlons in the first place. But running the half marathon really shifted my perspective.
"If I can run 13.1 miles, I can certainly finish the 10k of an Olympic tri."
Relationships are hard
Since my high school swimming days, I have had a guilt ridden relationship with exercise. I start a routine with gusto that lasts a month before my old habits and excuses return. I have finally decided that working with a team that holds me accountable is the only way to keep me on track. The races are an amazing focus to and way more validating than a bathroom scale that doesn’t budge.
Getting through the wall
I usually tell myself that once I get to a certain point i.e. a tree, or specific time interval then I am allowed to reevaluate. Usually once I get to that point I have pushed through the ‘wall’ and I’m feeling good again. As a massage therapist, I am pretty good at listening to my body and making sure it is a good hurt rather than a borderline injury hurt.
As an athlete, I am...
A strong-willed show-off
I love making a fresh fruit and spinach protein smoothie!
"Running the (Seattle Rock & Roll) half marathon really shifted my perspective."
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