I started getting small dark spots under my eyes, on my cheeks, as well as on my shoulders and arms. Being in my mid-twenties at this point, I was terrified of damaging my skin for the rest of my life. Not to mention, that voice in my head saying, this is one step away from something serious.
In the days after, my lungs ached and felt bruised for over a week. My first two doctors told me to quit triathlon all together.
Sometimes we feel like when we do something and progress, we have to follow a natural order of progression. But what if that’s not your right fit? After all, not everyone has the time or dedication or desire to do a long course triathlon. So what are your options?
It took me nearly 45 minutes, but I did it. I finished the swim! I had been working so hard mentally and physically to get to that point and I was completely elated. I felt so empowered to have conquered that fear.
Grief, it's never easy, but there is something beautiful in grief - like really leaning on your friends to help you get through tough times, or keeping the memory of your loved one alive by sharing with people who never knew them, or like me, finding ways to deal with your grief by pushing yourself in your favorite sport (TRI). I'm grateful for triathlon.