"Serenity comes when you trade expectations for acceptance." ~unknown
I received the quote above in my daily "Tiny Buddha" email when I was at the airport flying back to California after Rev3 Quassy. It was appropriate given my feelings about my race on Sunday. It is no secret that my biking is one of the more challenging aspects of triathlon for me. It frustrates me to come off the bike 15+ minutes behind. However, I do not shy away from putting myself in situations where I could (and usually do) end up WAY behind the leaders after a challenging 56 mile bike. In the end, I believe it will make me figure out how to get better. I may never bike as fast as some, but I know I can be faster than I am now. However, I need to remember to revel in this journey and while some work may come to fruition quickly, other things may take awhile to mature. Here in Napa wine sits in barrels for a long time before it is ready to drink so maybe my vintage is still fermenting :)
|New England Colonial...my homestay!|
There were times I thought about quitting (more honesty), moments where it seemed like all the hard work was just a big waste of time. A lot of people might not even pay attention to my results, or give any thought to how I raced, but there were times on Sunday where I felt exposed. I felt like I was running around with my hopes and dreams right out there in the open for everyone to see. For some reason I felt like I was failing (at least on the bike) and everyone could see how badly it was going.
|The Bike Course. A bit of shade, lots of hills.|
|More of the bike course. Beautiful.|
|Dinner with a former housemate from UM, Vanessa.|
One of my favorites and right over the hill, Vineman 70.3, is next. More hard work to come...and I would not have it any other way.