Monday, June 8, 2009

girl power

the triathlon was a blast.
i loved being a part of something so big,
i loved being with so many women, 
but most of all i loved being with my sister.
we did it!
and noel kicked my butt!

the day went as follows:

                                                                      just rolled out of bed,                              half hour before,
                                                                         carbs and protein                               sun screening up

the swim was divided into separate waves and we were towards the end.
we waited in line forever and saw literally all shapes and ages of women-i loved it.
the water was warm and it was a fun swim.

luckily, we got to start at the front of our wave. the swim was 1/2 mile and 
this was my easiest event. the only hard part was getting disoriented as i caught up 
to the wave ahead of us and the water was pretty packed.

next up was the biking.
kicked. my. butt.
there were so many hills and i had not trained nearly enough on a real bike; 
not to mention we had mountain bikes instead of road bikes, 
which apparently makes things a lot more difficult.
12 miles.

i told noel to go ahead of me around mile 2 of the bike because i just couldn't keep up.
she rocked it, then she ran the whole 3 miles.
i walked half.

here she is:
a whole 20 minutes before me.

just how darling is my sister?
i know.

and after i crossed the finish line, i scarfed down a bagel, watermelon, and oranges.
food has never tasted so good.

the overall feeling of the day was so powerful. 
women were cheering each other on left and right, and we all finished.
it was an accomplishment. 
my favorite part of the race was during the run. at one point, i was all alone. i was running through a field with sunflowers on my left and the blue, blue sky beaming. it was gorgeous and a huge gust of wind blew by me. it was bliss. i felt so alive running strong with this healthy body that my heavenly father gave me.
no matter what my weight is, or how much i complain, i am healthy. my body is strong and it is able to give life. what is a better blessing?

thanks noelie for doing this with me.
and thanks jen for cheering us along.
LOVE those sisters of mine!


Annette said...

Sounds so incredible! Congratulations, what an accomplishment - I am so proud of the two of you!!

The Kodak Moments of our Life said...

WOW! You are amazing for doing that! What was the event called and was it women only? That is seriously a huge thing Shay! Awesome Job!

The Bradley's said...

You guys are so awesome! What a fantastic attitude! I'm so glad you had a blast!

deeder6 said...

I actually got teary eyed reading that!!! You are amazing! Congratulations!

The Lingo Family said...

AMAZING!!!! Congrats to both of you for such an awesome accomplishment.

Anne said...

i am so proud of you!

Amanda and Steve said...

Way to go! That's awesome!

The Mathews Family said...

You are inspiring! You are amazing and deserve to be so proud of yourself. We're all proud of you!

Kelly said...

STUDS. you guys are motivating me! ive got to sign myself up!

Molly Bea said...

Way to go girls! You two ROCK!!! I am SO proud of both of you!

Noel said...

cute post shay. It's fun to look at the pictures b/c it brings back all the excitement again, without the nervousness. You're the one that made this happen! Thanks for doing it with me! You did great!

Tara said...

Wow, I haven't checked your blog for a little while and you have done SO much!! D.C., marathons, and quilts oh my.
I am so proud of you!! For all you are doing. You are amazing.
Love the quilt too! It's awesome!
Hang in there with missing your honey.

Dan and Merideth said...

Good for you and noel!! thats awesome!

Melissa Tate said...

I am so so so proud of you! That is awesome!! And yes, your sister is adorable...just like you! :)