What was I thinking? CFP Angela Palacios, our Portfolio Coordinator, makes a commitment to healthy living that has her diving into a summer of triathlons.
Summers are my favorite time of year. My family and I are fortunate enough to have a pool in our backyard and a great place for a summer BBQ with our friends…unfortunately, we have a great place for summer BBQs with our friends. That means there is always a party and reason to celebrate with chips, meat, desserts and beer at our house! This invariably ends up in my clothes fitting a bit snugly come September.
Well, this year I decided no more! So instead of just deciding to cut back on indulging so much each weekend, like a normal person would do, I decided to commit to doing 3 sprint triathlons this summer (.5 mile swim, 12 mile bike and 3.1 mile run). Since I have never done anything like this in my life, I’m still not sure what I was thinking but after several months I have learned how to swim (other than just floating around on a pool toy), ride a bike (which I haven’t done for over 20 years), and run (which I have never been a big fan of). After logging 12.4 miles in the pool, 163 miles on my bike and 48 miles on foot so far in training, I feel as though I may actually be able to do this.
My first triathlon is June 20th at Island Lake Recreation Area and my ONLY goal for the first one is to finish. We’ll see after that if I set any more lofty goals for the next two in July and August.
Hopefully at the end of all this I will be in better shape at the end of the summer than I am now and will be setting a great example for my daughter Lilly that you can truly do anything you set your mind to!