While my mom was with me this past week, I know without a doubt that she was with me all year long as I accomplished things I wasn't sure were possible. I accomplished goals that I didn't even know I had.
I ran my heart out in our Tri for the Cure Event and beat some of our most impressive local athletes completely shocking myself, just weeks after we lost her. It was almost as if I weren't even in my own body.
I used my new motto of "never give up," and while I could have sworn the usual winner of my favorite race, Rocky Point Triathlon, was going to pass me at any minute… I just kept going. I won my very first overall race, crossing the finish with tears in my eyes.
While there were many other days, and events where my mom was there - there was nothing like my big race of the year, Ironman Canada. From miles 14 on I literally felt like the wind was at my back. I know without a doubt that I had angel wings on me that day. My fastest two miles of the day were the last 2, and my face hurt from smiling…. I have never, in my life had such a euphoric feeling as I did on that day.
As I crossed the finish line, for the first time in months I felt no pain. I wasn't sad. It's something that I can't describe. While I never want to relive what I went through this past year, I can't help but bask in some of these amazing memories and moments.
As I start this new year with some uncertainty, I'm going to use my motto that carried me through the whole year. Never give up, dream big. “A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.” – Lao Tzu
I wish everyone a year of amazing things, a year of firsts, of bests, of everything you could ever want, imagine and dream…