An athletic contest comprising three consecutive events, usually swimming, bicycling, and distance running.
I couldn’t use “T is for Triathlete” because I’m not a triathlete yet, but I’ll be able to say that I am when I participate in the Rattlesnake Triathlon in August up in Aurora, CO. I’m going to do the Sprint Distance one on the 17th of August. (I might be crazy enough to try and do an event in July, we’ll see.) A sprint distance triathlon is 500m swim, 12 mile bike, 5k run. I know I can do the biking portion. Next Sunday we’re going to find out if I can do the 5k run because I’m doing the Run for the Zoo in Albuquerque, which, coincidentally, is 5k. Swimming, well, I can swim, that’s all I know at this point.
A sprint distance triathlon is my start. The big goal for the next 18 months is to get prepared and be ready for the Square Lake Triathlon in September 2009. That’s what I’m aiming for.
I should actually say, that’s what we’re aiming for, because I’m not alone in this venture. Nope, currently, I’ve got Mari and Nancy (or perhaps they have me) on the team. Our team consists of women that live with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. We will be joyfully competing in the September 2009 Square Lake 70.3 triathlon. In the process of training for and competing in this event we will be proving to ourselves and the world that women living with the challenge of diabetes can unite with one another and our medical and coaching support staff to do something magnificent like completing a 70.3 Ironman.
We aim to demonstrate that WOMEN can be active and do intense endurance sports like triathlons. We want to demonstrate the power of women supporting each other to by physically active in general and with diabetes in particular. We want to be an inspiration to girls diagnosed with diabetes. We want to show what it is like to live with magnificence and joy at every turn; even in the face of this ravaging, frightening and very challenging disease.
I’d like to invite you to be part of this team, if you’re a woman with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes and you have the desire, discipline, and athletic ability to compete in a 70.3 Ironman please contact me.