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Saturday was the day. It was the day that I would break records. It was the day that I would finish my bike ride and hit the pavement running like never before. It was the day that I was bitten by a DOG. There I was running up the road nearly a mile into my run after having biked 12 miles in the horrendous wind. All was well, I was a little on edge due to the action of my bike like a large sail for the wind, which of course is always against you, however I was out there wasn’t I, I was fighting. A loud noise caught my attention over Evanescence blaring through my headphones. A couple of crazy dogs were streaking toward me. No big deal they will bark, they will growl and I will run on by. All of a sudden, in an instant like a bolt of lightning one of the deranged animals leaped into the air and without a chance to defend myself, turned my calf into its knew favorite chew toy.
I cannot describe the mix of emotions that had just come up. I was bleeding but ok, then I became livid. Did that dog just actually dare to do what my leg was crying out that it did. I finished my run and drove on up to the mans house. As I step out the dog comes to my side and glances at my leg as if it knew what it had done and was proud. The owner straight away came out to me and asked how I was doing. How was I doing?…. No apologies were made he was I believe more embarrassed than anything. I calmly let him know what had happened and I left. I did not sleep well that night, there was to much on my mind. Like… the next time I run past that house.


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What Does It Take

What does it take? What type of person must you be? A Hoyt, a Blais. What kind of fight does an Ironman have, type of determination they possess? Here I stand with a pool in front of me, my first bike, and a pair of shoes. The essentials when training for a triathlon, but those things, I feel, are not what will carry me to the finish line. There is that unseen element that we catch glimpses of when ordinary people do extraordinary things. The will power and fortitude to stand against adversity. To push through doors that have been closed, yet these people continue to knock. What does it take? Here I stand ready to compete in my first triathlon. A first step in an adventure. When I have finished I will know what it takes to be an Ironman but for now it takes one more day, one more hour, one more moment.

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A couple of days ago I went out for my first bike to run training session. I pumped up the worn tires to my good ole Raleigh Mountain Bike, hoping one day for a nice, sleek road bike, and hit the road. 8 miles finished feeling good put the bike away turn around and hit the road running, just like the triathletes that I so deeply admire. (I think its healthy to role play.) Woe, is that supposed to feel like that. Ahh, my calves feel as though somebody had knife to them hoping to get some blood. Maybe Ill just run half a mile. Well maybe just a couple. After three grueling miles I made it safely back to the townhouse. My time well not nearly what I hoped for, my confidence, through the roof. Not in your face but you can do this, you will do this.

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