The thing about working out or training for a race is valuing yourself enough to set aside time for YOU. You are just as important as the other obligations in your life. Like me, today I only had an hour to spare this morning. That might be a lot for some people or very little time compared to what I was doing in ironman training. The point is, set aside a realistic time for yourself, whether that is a workout, reading a book, meditation, etc. Do it. You deserve it!
Shoulder, chest, and abs today for @morgseliz_strongerbodies @morgseliz Feeling awesome! Now it’s time to grind out the rest of the day!
My endurance journey started with running back in 1998 & moved into Triathlon when I met my husband in 2002. I remember standing along the finishing chute during his 1st IM in Lake Placid, cheering & crying for all the finishers I saw that day. It was an incredibly emotional experience & one I knew I wanted to experience for myself. 4 years later, I did my first IM in LP with him. I often tell people that my 1st IM was the 2nd best day of my life, second only to our wedding day. After racing together for 4yrs, we decided it was time to start a family. We tried for a long time with no luck. I felt something was wrong. I talked to my doctor & was sent for tests. The tests were followed by laparoscopic surgery. I was told I had stage 4 endometriosis & that we would more than likely not be able to conceive without medical assistance. My morning workouts became replaced by trips to the fertility clinic. We went through 3 rounds of IVF hopeful for a miracle each time. Each failure was like a punch to the gut. After almost 2yrs of riding an emotional roller coaster it was time to get off. I was absolutely devastated. One of the most basic things that the female body is meant to do & I was unable to do it. I felt like I had failed as a woman. I hated my body for what it couldn’t do. I knew that if I dwelled on it, it would swallow me whole. I had to do something, so I went back to the community that I had left behind, & started tri'ing again. I had hoped to “show my body who was boss". Not the healthiest attitude but it got me started on the road to where I am now. That was over 8yrs ago & somewhere along the way my thoughts shifted from focusing on what my body couldn’t do to what it could do. The path that led me here may not have been pleasant, but often it’s the difficult journeys that result in the most positive change.
Triathlon has gotten me out of some pretty dark places. It’s brought some incredible people & experiences into my life & showed me the true meaning of sportsmanship & community. As long as I can move forward, I will continue to TRI. ~ Phaedra Kennedy [@pkperformancecoaching] #humansoftriathlon
Not related to my accident - but @coeursports posted a blog today about their ambassador program - if you are interested in becoming an ambassador please go to their page and read it! I have to say being part of the #courageteam18 has been the highlight of my year. From our secret Santa to our super fun camp, to the amazing support system I have been given this year by women who were literal strangers - has me beyond grateful. From women who mail their gently used clothes to my friends (and me!) to women who have sent me much needed support with my family as Riley battles leukemia, to the women cheering me on at #imlp - I am crying I can’t even tell you how much these other amazing women have done for me! And how much they Have done for the triathlon community. Coeur is not just a brand - it’s really a family! I just don’t know what else to say besides this has been the best year of my triathlon life— Despite all the actual road blocks 2018 decided to put in my way (eh hem #imac703 let’s see how this goes 😂) but for real - check their blog, learn more about joining, and also consider @collective.beat if maybe competing for a spot isn’t your thing. #heartandcourage all y’all - and cool buddies too!