The next couple of years, I would say that I dabbled in triathlon, while dealing with one issue or another. My first triathlon goal became finishing a half-ironman in 2006. I signed up for Timberman that year and bought a triathlon bike. My second ever ride on that bike, I was riding a fast downhill when a squirrel ran out in front of me. Since a car was passing me on the left, I went right to avoid the car and the squirrel. Right into a huge pothole. I flipped over my handle bars, broke my collarbone, and had a concussion. That cancelled my plans that year. Then I signed up for IM Louisville in 2008, but came down with pneumonia two weeks prior to the race, so I DNS.
|Cheering Jeremy on from the sidelines at Louisville|
2011 was probably the most frustrating season I ever experienced. I had chronic sinus issues and was on an antibiotic for every single race I competed in that year. I think the most frustrating thing was that I felt awful almost every single day of the year.
|Squeaking by at IMLP!|
As far as triathlon goes, I didn't feel like I was reaching my potential, so I needed a change. I decided to hire my first triathlon coach, Jesse from QT2 Systems. He is the most detailed person I have ever met in my entire life, and he formulated a plan that took all aspects of training into consideration. That brings us to this year. This year started off a little bit rocky with a lost garmin, and a flat tire at my first race of season. But the next 5-6 races, I was finally able to string together some good performances, highlighted with a PR in every distance that I raced. So when I look back upon my journey in triathlon (and in life) a quote really resonates with me. I have it posted around work and home so that I see it often:
The world ain't all sunshine and rainbows. It is a very mean and nasty place and it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain't how hard you hit; it's about how hard you can get hit, and keep moving forward. How much you can take, and keep moving forward. - Rocky Balboa
The biggest lesson that I have learned is that things often happen for a reason. I remember being so upset when I messed up my hand in high school, but in all honesty, if I didn't - then I probably would have taken a much different path that probably wouldn't have led me down this road. And I love this road!!!