Ever since I was a little girl, I loved, LOVED the outdoors. I wasn't the kid who stayed inside much watching TV or playing video games. In fact, my parents and the surrounding neighbors parents told us to play outside. Different times now, different times. But I was ALWAYS outside as a kid.
Thinking back to why I have this desire inside of me to compete in endurance events.....I guess it has to do a lot with my sense of adventure, and my love for the outdoors. I just really enjoy being in nature, being outside, and one of the best ways in my opinion to do that is to go on long hikes, bikes, swims, runs, etc. I've seen a lot of things in nature that most people may never get the chance to see because I've been on crazy hikes and bike rides. It really is a blessing to be physically fit. I do thank God often that I am able to do what I do.
I believe I was blessed to have some natural ability to compete in endurance events, as well. Nothing makes me more happy than training for and racing in endurance races. When I was a kid, my family would go on 20 mi bike rides through the Cleveland metroparks, or the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. For some reason, I always wanted to try to catch up to and beat my dad. He was always ahead of us! It eventually happened as I grew older and more fit, but I will always remember those times! I went on my first 50 mile bike ride with my dad :). I think I was 16 or 17 then. My heart, for some reason, longs to be outside, and to compete in triathlons, and to train and race to the best of my ability. I'm not sure why, but all I know is that it's an awesome feeling to follow your heart, because while doing so, you will find great joy in knowing that you are truly living. I am also blessed to have found a husband who also shares in the love for the outdoors :). I wouldn't have gone on many of these adventures without him.
I am going to continue to use this gift I was given until I can't anymore. I will not regret any of this when I'm older, because I will have seen great things and accomplished many things along the way, all while having fun. Whatever your passion, I think everyone should follow it. You will learn new things about yourself during the journey. And have some awesome accomplishments along the way :).